“Jack and the Geniuses In the Deep Blue Sea”, by Bill Nye and Gregory Mone is a novel brimming with juvenile, yet endearing humor that graces each page with enticement. This novel is the second book in the Jack and the Geniuses New York Times bestselling series about Jack and his genius siblings.
In this thrilling novel, Ashley Hawking, tech billionaire and engineer Rosa Morris built a contemporary, state-of-the-art electrical power plant which had the sole purpose to collect energy from the depths of the ocean. To their horror, their revolutionary power plant had been sabotaged. Three siblings, Matt, Ava, and Jack along with Dr. Hank Witherspoon were fixated on finding who was responsible for the sabotage on this cutting-edge project. On their journey, they went to great lengths (even under the sea) to catch the saboteur. “Jack and the Geniuses In the Deep Blue Sea” began in a compelling scene where Hawking was piloting a plane and struggling to control the plane, trying not to crash into landforms as the plane jolted and seemed to have a mind of its own. The beginning of the book jumped into action with great sensory detail, such as describing characters gripping armrests and faces turning a greenish hue.
Laced throughout this novel, there was so much adventure that was truly captivating and kept the story alive. An amplitude of humor was present as well. This humor also kept the book fresh and invigorating. The humor got a bit childish at times, but I feel that it is a contributing factor to this novel appealing to a younger audience. Taking into account humor, reading difficulty, and vocabulary, this book would be suitable for students ages 8-10. The writing didn’t have as much science content as I had been expecting due to Bill Nye co-authoring this story, but in the back of the book, there were science-rich sections that seemed to redeem the novel. These included a science project you can try at home, courtesy of Bill Nye and a Q and A about the Deep Blue Sea. Surprisingly, there were a plethora of pop culture references such as the “Titanic” and the Millennium Falcon from “Star Wars”. They were used in similes so that readers could make text to world connections at such a developing age. The price of this novel is a steep $13.99, but for avid, young readers who have enjoyed the first novel in this series, “Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World”, it is well worth the cost.