This review was first published by Booklist on September 21, 2017.
David, John, and Amy are back in their third adventure (after This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It, 2012), and it’s as snarky, bleak, and funny as one could hope for. The narrative starts with a high-speed car chase and never slows down, racing headlong at a breathtaking pace. Children are being kidnapped; the Big Bad is a shape-shifter; and there’s an abandoned mine, a motorcycle gang, and yet another mysterious black-cloak organization. Our heroes remain hilariously incompetent and incredibly lucky. Then things get really weird. This book is a mind-trip, messing with the characters’ heads and making the reader question reality right alongside them. These are established characters, so readers shouldn’t look for much development. It’s also a bit too fast-paced: it’s easy to miss details that need to be remembered later. Although it’s not the strongest entry in the series, it’s exciting and a great deal of fun, which is really what Wong’s fans want.