Thursday, December 10, 2009

Review: Robot Wars

I am always on the lookout for well-written books that would appeal to my boys. No Avonlea or Grandma's Attic for us! Nope, we need more adventure to capture our attention.

While our usual genre is historical fiction, I was excited to receive a copy of a science fiction book to review-- Robot Wars: Death Trap by Sigmund Brouwer.

Death Trap is the first book in the Robot Wars series that chronicles the adventures of 14-year-old Tyce Sanders. Tyce is a virtual reality specialist that lives in an experimental science station on Mars.

From the very first paragraph, Austin was drawn into the story of Tyce, robots, aliens and the how the space station is running out of oxygen. I asked Austin (10yo) what he thought of the story.

"I really liked how he could control a robot with his mind! I can't believe they had a space station on Mars. I think the creepiest part was when..."

Sorry, I had to leave out the rest of what he said. I don't want to give the story away!



I will say that *I* enjoyed reading this book as well! Not only did I find the story to be modern and exciting, but the personal relationships in the story were both interesting and complex. Like they would be in real life.

Tyce struggles with his belief in God-- a struggle that is all too common in those that have a love of science and an interest in the vastness of the universe. This is not a preachy book where God is oddly and overtly plopped right into the middle of it all. Rather, Mr. Brouwer weaves faith in a logical and natural way in the story. Much like how we as Christian parents would and should breach the subject with our own children... naturally, not forcibly.

I think this book would make a great gift for your tween, teen or reluctant reader. While I was given a complimentary copy of this book to review, we will definitely be purchasing the rest of this series for Christmas this year!

While you are checking out Sigmund Brouwer's site, your kids can check out Tyce's interactive site MarsDiaries.com to learn more about the universe, God, science and Mars.

Did I mention that it only took Austin 2 days to read this 267 page book? He was that interested in it.

5 comments:

Karen said...

Yipee... a book for my boy!

My oldest daughter is a reader. A big reader. She asked for Jane Austen's whole book collection for Christmas last year. She is reading The Scarlet Pimpernel for fun right now (but, so did I:)).

My boy asked for Legos last Christmas. And this Christmas. And for his birthday and so forth and so on...

Maybe he will read this. It has to do with space. Maybe I could convince him that it will help him create scenarios for his Star Wars lego figures. I don't think he will buy it. But I think I will buy the book anyway.

Thanks.

Shell said...

Sounds like a very interesting book! My boys are still too young for chapter books, but when I was a teacher, it was a struggle to find books that would appeal to the boys in my classes. The Hatchet books were great for that, though. Hatchet, Brian's Winter, Brian's Return

Debbie said...

Holy cow! I couldn't even ready a 267 page book in 2 days! It's great to find books they actually enjoy reading :)

RaD said...

Thanks for sharing that. Although, I may need to wait a few years as E is just now heading into chapter books and I think he'd be overwhelmed with 267 pages.

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

well, the words aren't exactly crammed into each page. the sentences, paragraphs and pages are perfect in length for the 10 and up group. especially boys. he didn't feel overwhelmed with the amount of words at all.