Avatars of the Intelligence: a Lucy Wilson Mystery

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Sue was asked to write the first in a new sci-fi series about Lucy Wilson, whose grandfather will be known to Dr Who fans.

Londoner Lucy Wilson feels out of place in a sleepy Welsh village but her new life is far from boring. The coast is wild, the gulls are crazed and there’s a voice on the wind luring her into danger. Ogmore seems to be in the power of a mysterious and powerful force, but is Lucy its target? When students at her new school start to disappear, no one seems to care except Hobo, Lucy’s unusual new friend. Hobo believes in logic; Lucy has an A* imagination and (almost) no fear. Together they must find ways to defeat an invisible enemy that wants to invade their minds.

Jeremy Vine says: “A great read — brilliant characters and a plot that keeps surprising you. Sue Hampton writes in three dimensions! Avatars of the Intelligence draws you in from the very first page. A great read for teenagers (and their parents, actually).”

The book is also available from the publishers with a free ebook.

3 reviews for Avatars of the Intelligence: a Lucy Wilson Mystery

  1. Sue Hampton

    Yesterday I received reviews and letters from a school:
    5 stars 11111
    4 stars 1111
    3 and a half 1

    “I don’t think it could be any better” Connor
    “It makes you feel like you’re in the story.” Ellie
    “It’s exciting and also funny. It also teaches us about other people. I really got to know and care about the characters. I love Lucy’s character because she is strong-willed and determined (although a bit stubborn). Hobo is a unique and original character who teaches us loads about alopecia and people who might not look like other people but are still really interesting and do good things. My favourite part is that students are taken over by their phones – it is so relevant because students ARE taken over by their phones so it is kind of funny.” anon
    “Even though when my class was made to read it I was a little reluctant to start with, once I had started it I really enjoyed the book.” Hobie
    “I particularly like Hobo. He is a character that shows how you can face bullies with a smile. Instead of shying away from comments about his alopecia he faces them head-on which makes him a really strong character in the book.” Cameron
    “The book is amazing. What I really like is the way it starts normal and goes supernatural.” Youssef
    “This is one of the only books I have been interested in for a while. I used to hate reading but ever since I read this book I have loved reading. I really like how Sue takes something that happened in her life and turns it into something great.” Becky
    “I enjoyed the book a lot.” Paris
    “The book was a very good read. We enjoyed it very much. Our favourite character was Hobo because he had character. Also he was very funny and interesting and never boring.” Sanija and Caitlin
    “Sue gives each character their own unique personality.” Alicja
    “It demonstrates how outcasts face challenges. Hobo is an extremely interesting character because he doesn’t fit into society’s expectations.” Felicity

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rachel Kemp

    Lucy Wilson is a gripping adventure story with an array of original, funny and lovable characters. Both adults and children will be hooked by the mystery plot and fully behind Lucy and Hobo during all of its twists and turns. I particularly like the way in which the book exposes young readers to a variety of themes which are very important to modern society; they will enjoy exploring and developing their own understanding of these ideas while they read.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thomas Wade

    DISCLAIMER: This is a SPOILER-FREE review of The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Avatars Of The Intelligence by Sue Hampton. This review is written by Thomas Wade. All opinions expressed are my own, and are not intended to persuade you to feel the same. I was asked if I would like to review this book by the author, but I paid for it myself, and will not put any biases for or against the author or this book. Let the review begin.

    I first encountered Avatars Of The Intelligence last August at the Candy Jar Book Festival. I was there to listen to a talk about short stories by some of the Lethbridge-Stewart writers, when I was encouraged to pick up a copy of this because it was meant to be a spin-off of Lethbridge-Stewart. This intrigued me, especially given that this series is targeted towards children and teenagers, which seemed unusual, given the main Lethbridge-Stewart fanbase consists mostly of people that have a lot of experience with Classic Who.

    A few days later, I returned to the Book Festival because I was told that Sue Hampton would be there, and that she’d be signing copies of the book. When I met her, Sue was really friendly, and she explained that this book had spawned from a short story she had written for the third Lethbridge-Stewart short story anthology, The HAVOC Files 3. At the time of writing this review, this short story is available to download from the Candy Jar Books website.

    Originally I intended to read this book once I was further into the series it spawned from, but because it recently came to Kindle, I jumped straight into my copy. It didn’t take me long to read (I started late in the evening of May 4th, and finished around midday on May 5th, having read it in two reading sessions), but quantity and quality can often be unrelated, which this book easily proved.

    The pacing of the book makes it so obvious that it’s intended for children to read over the course of a week or two (there is a chapter every ten pages, more or less), but if you wanted to read this in longer bursts, it doesn’t drag on either. There’s a lot of content set within a school, which helps young readers to easily relate, but also shows Sue’s history as a teacher.

    There are a lot of references that are in this book that will leave Doctor Who and Lethbridge-Stewart fans feeling satisfied, but the book doesn’t rely on needing knowledge of the history of certain characters for it to work. If you already know the history, you will definitely see some of the reveals long before you’re intended to, but it still leaves you interested to see if your theories will be correct.

    The main characters of this book are fleshed out enough to fit this story, but I feel there is a lot more I want to learn about them, which I hope we will get to learn in future books. Sue has written them in a way that makes it easy for other authors to add to them without being alienated.

    A large portion of this book is set in South Wales near Bridgend. For some readers, this may be somewhere you have never been, so you will be able to imagine what you think it’s like. For myself however, I was actually travelling on my way to Bridgend whilst reading it, having visited many times in the past. This made me feel closer to the story, due to the fact that I could see myself in the locations very vividly.

    This story has similarities with a Doctor Who episode from 2013, which also features the same main enemy. One of the main plot elements revolves around the way that most of society today is glued to a phone screen, especially children and teenagers.

    If I had to criticise this book, I would say that I found it a little short compared to other books that I have read. As I previously mentioned, this is because it’s intended to be suitable for children to read.

    This book sets up the start of what could be a really good children’s book series, and I’m more than happy to continue buying them to read. This feels like it will be a good successor to the children’s Doctor Who spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, following a similar setting and theme, whilst maintaining its own identity.

    If you are an adult reader of the Lethbridge-Stewart series, or any other range of Doctor Who books, and you don’t mind reading something short and child-friendly, you will quite likely get some enjoyment out of this.

    If you are the parent of a child that enjoys reading, I’d recommend picking this up for them. It contains themes of slight violence, as well as some verbal bullying, so you may want to give it a read through yourself, but these themes are only in a small part of the book, and they aren’t made to scare readers.

    Overall, my experience reading this book was a positive one. Thank you Sue for writing this, and thank you to everyone at Candy Jar Books for being the publishing team behind it.

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