Neal Shusterman as I'm sure you know if you've been reading this blog for any amount of time. It only takes a couple of pages in this new series starter co-written with Eric Elfman to figure out why. As with all Shusterman's books, it's clear from the beginning that this is not your average story. It is his skill with character and plot which transforms what could be a ho-hum story into a clever and surprising tale of friendship, honesty, and long ago scientific rivalries. Who else could this?
Nick has just moved to Colorado Springs with his father and younger brother Danny following the tragedy that destroyed his home and killed his mother. The family is still reeling from this loss, and they've moved from Florida in part to escape and in part because the ancient house left to them by a relative is the only housing option they have.
When Nick decides to use the attic as her bedroom, he knows he'll need to have a garage sale to get rid of all the junk that's been hidden there for ages. But once he gets rid of them, he realizes they are not just ordinary objects. That may look like an innocent toaster, but when Nick tries to use it, it blows out all the lights in the room. Did I mention it doesn't even plug into the wall? And that's the tamest of the objects.
Soon after the stuff is gone, guys in suits show up to demand the items and immediately put Nick on edge. He knows that stuff is more than it seems. He also seems to know instinctively that the the white suit guys should not get there hands on any of it.
With a little research, he learns that he and friends are in the middle of an ages old battle between Tesla and Edison. Not only are they endangered from Edison's modern day followers, but Nick has unwittingly set off a chain events that could destroy the entire planet!