Underdogs: Acceleration

By Chris Bonnello

The third book in the groundbreaking Underdogs series takes a darker and more desperate turn...

Thriller | Young adult
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Admirably unusual, and serves real purpose. Bonnello is writing the books that teenagers might relate to. GUARDIAN 

A singular achievement - a taut, thrilling, fully-rendered vision of dystopia. Bonnello's pacing and action will keep you on the edge of your seat. STEVE SILBERMAN, author of Neurotribes 

A fantastic twist on dystopia, with edge-of-your-seat thrills and unlikely heroes.. I loved it. MICHAEL GRANT, author of the Gone series 

[Important note: this is the page for Book Three in the Underdogs series. There are options to buy the first two instalments together on this page, but for those who want them alone, ordering links can be found at https://chrisbonnello.com/ordering]

The Underdogs of Spitfire’s Rise are falling apart. A month on from their mission to destroy the AME shield, the surviving remnants of Britain’s last army are called into battle again – this time to avert the deaths of tens of thousands of prisoners. 

The Underdogs series, hailed as 'hugely popular' by The Guardian and much-loved within the neurodiversity community and beyond, continues into its penultimate novel. The war between the Oakenfold students and maniacal dictator Nicholas Grant is entering its closing stages, and the world is getting darker. Once again the neurodiverse skills and defiant bravery of the Underdogs are pitched against the horrors of military science… and, of course, innumerable cloned soldiers. Only this time, the battle against the mysterious Acceleration project will take place far away from New London, far away from home, and far away from anything Ewan and his allies have ever experienced before, physically or emotionally.  

Meanwhile, the teenage assassin Oliver Roth has been offered a promotion that would make him the second most powerful person in Britain. But it’s conditional on the success of his next mission: the discovery and annihilation of Spitfire’s Rise. Conflicted after his conversation with Joseph McCormick, Roth sets out with five-hundred clones to find the Underdogs’ hideout, knowing that the mission’s outcome will define the young man he truly is. 

The Underdogs enter the next bout of their war against Nicholas Grant, clueless that their home is being targeted. Can Acceleration be stopped, with dwindling resources and fewer fighters than ever? What is Nicholas Grant’s endgame for Britain and the wider world? Will Oliver Roth find Spitfire’s Rise, and what will happen if he does?  

Underdogs: Acceleration takes an even more mature turn than its predecessors, discussing the darker elements of human nature, the emotional toll of leadership and combat, and building to a conclusion that will leave you pleading for book four’s epic finale. As always, the series remains suitable for both younger readers and adults, regardless of their understanding of special needs or neurodiversity. 

For those who have not already read the first two books, they can be found at https://chrisbonnello.com/ordering - or in the rewards panel on this page. 

For those who have, we hope you enjoy Acceleration just as much. 

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    Chris Bonnello

    Chris Bonnello is an award-winning writer and an international speaker, also a novelist and a special needs tutor. He is the author of the Underdogs series of neurodiverse war novels, and the writer behind autisticnotweird.com. His diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome came at the age of 25, after growing up believing himself to just have – as documented on official forms by a professional educational psychologist – a 'slightly odd personality'.

    Bonnello launched Autistic Not Weird in April 2015, a venture which has seen him attract over 127,000 Facebook followers and over 2.5 million website hits, and delivering speaking engagements as far away as India and Sydney Opera House. His first two Underdogs novels were crowdfunded through Unbound and was enthusiastically received by readers worldwide, especially in the special needs and disability communities. The second book has been shortlisted for the Guardian’s 'Not The Booker Prize'.

    Bonnello passed his master’s degree in Creative Writing with distinction, graduating in December 2017. He was also the winner of the Top Journalist and Online Social Media categories at the 2017 and 2018 Autism Hero Awards, and most recently received the award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual on the Autism Spectrum at the National Diversity Professionals Awards in 2019.

    His personality remains slightly odd. 


    Website: https://chrisbonnello.com 
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