Review – My Arch Enemy Is A Brain In A Jar

After three books in the My Brother Is A Superhero series, Luke finally has what he’s always wanted: super powers. Except they’re not really his. Luke’s swapped bodies with his superhero brother Zack and is now living inside his body. When the family are unexpectedly win a free holiday, things inevitably take a turn for the worse. The fate of the World now rests on Luke’s shoulders. Will he be able to harness his brother’s powers or will an evil brain in a jar succeed in its plans for world domination?

For this fourth instalment of the series, all of your favourite characters return. Centre stage are Luke and the now loved-up Lara and Serge. And then of course there’s Luke’s superhero brother Zack, who yet again is swatting up on maths and pining over the love of his life – Cara Lee. To anyone who has followed the series, the main protagonists are by now perfectly honed by David Solomons and each play their own part. Long term fans, like me, will delight in how the characters have developed further. They are the reasons that this series stands out.

“child-like humour is balanced by more subtle humour”

Actually, I did tell a little lie just then. It is not the characters that make the series stand out – they are of course brilliant. However, the thing that stands out is David Solomon’s humour. If you’ve read my Author of the Month feature, you will have read how I have often been reduced to laughter while reading David’s books. Thankfully within 2 pages of starting My Arch Enemy is a Brain in a Jar I was chuckling to myself. Typical child-like humour is balanced by more subtle humour for adult readers.

As a little aside at this point, I was reading this book during a train journey a few weeks back. As I was getting off the train at Waterloo, a girl who’d been sat near me turned to me and said “I saw you smiling at that book, all his books are funny aren’t they.”

“This is another rip-roaring adventure”

Back to the brain in a jar. This is another rip-roaring adventure that is a fitting fourth installment to the series. (Hand on heart though, it’s not as good as My Gym Teacher Is An Alien Overlord – my favourite in the series!). It is sublime in the fact that it is utterly ridiculous in places – a madcap adventure as it were. There’s brains in jars, alien communications, water slides and alien spacecrafts disguised as . . . well you’d better read it to find out what. You won’t get all of that anywhere else.

And as always there’s a cliffhanger at the end that nods towards the fifth (and final) installment. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say a familiar face reappears . . .

**Thank you to David Solomons for agreeing to be my Author of the Month and for supplying me with a copy of the book.**

  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow
  • Age Recommendation: 8+
  • ISBN: 9780857639912

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