Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Robot Wars Book 5 Final Battle

978-1-4143-2313-8Robot Wars Book 5 Final Battle
Written by Sigmund Brouwer
Published at Tyndale

About the Book

Set at an experimental community on Mars in the year 2039-2040, Robot Wars features 14-year-old virtual reality specialist Tyce Sanders. Life on the Red Planet is not always easy, but it is definitely exciting. As Tyce explores his strange surroundings, he finds that the mysteries of the planet point to his greatest discovery—a new relationship with God. He talks about his growing faith and curiosity in a manner that kids can relate to as they are probably wondering some of the same things.
Book five, Final Battle, begins with Tyce’s threat to reveal his special talents to the world—much to the dismay of the rebels who want to keep the technology a secret. Tyce has to battle the rebels and their plot while trying to return to Mars. The success of the entire Mars Project depends on his every move.

Who is Sigmund Brouwer?

Whether writing youth or adult fiction, Sigmund Brouwer is a best-selling author of more than 40 fast-paced novels. Some of his works encourage young reluctant readers into the world of books, and others provide adults with riveting tales. His youth series include Mars Diaries; Short Cuts Extreme Sports; Lightning on Ice; CyberQuest; The Winds of Light; Dr. Drabble: Genius Inventor; and The Accidental Detectives. His adult fiction titles include Out of the Shadows, Morning Star, Thunder Voice, Double Helix, and Blood Ties.

Sigmund's diverse background surfaces in the characters of his books as he inspires kids to get excited about reading. He grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and developed an early interest in sports like hockey, racquetball, and biking. His poor performance in high school English classes led him to receive a degree in commerce from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and not to pursue writing. When a professor in his undergraduate English course encouraged him to write, Sigmund did, and he eventually received a degree in journalism from Carleton College in Ottawa. After publishing several articles for U.S. and Canadian magazines, he turned to writing books for kids reluctant to read.

In 1993, he cofounded The Young Writers' Institute with home education expert and author Debra Bell and conducts writing camps and seminars for more than 10,000 children every year. His commitment to his faith is an integral part of his creative goals, and Sigmund cites C. S. Lewis as one of his greatest writing influences. Although there is no overt Christian agenda in his novels, the deliberate underpinning of morality and redemption make his books more than tools of escape. He quotes C. S. Lewis, "There is no Christian way to write, just as there is no Christian way to boil an egg."

Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan; the couple has two daughters. He writes five pages per day on his laptop, whether he is in an airport, hotel, or dividing his time between family homes in Red Deer and Nashville.

My Thoughts

After I finished reading the fourth book in the Robot Wars series, I just couldn’t wait to finish the adventures of this Mars colony.  So I immediately started the last installment because I wanted to know what the outcome will be.

Once again the author have two main part in this book – separated into journal entries from the main character named Tyce.    This kid controls a robot with his mind thanks to an operation that unfortunately also made him unable to walk.  Since then he has been stuck in a wheelchair.

The first journal of the book still has many events happening – like a reactor meltdown as well as a disappearance of a close friend.   But through it all, Tyce will provide help and solution for the people on Earth.    Once again this part of the book will keep you on the edge – always wanting to read more to discover what will happen next.   

The second journal will bring back Tyce, his dad and friends to Mars.   Like you would expect it more adventure and mysteries will await them on the planet.    To make it even more interesting, Tyce was offered an operation in the hopes that he could walk again.   This journal happens after the said operation and Tyce has a cast for most of it.   Will he be able to walk?   Only time will tell but for the meantime he needs to stop the intruder that is causing problems inside the dome.  Who could that be?   

I’m delighted to have read the Robot Wars series and strongly recommend it for any youth who like the science fiction genre.   I know that this is not a genre that pleases everyone but the way this series is written, I think every preteen ages 10-14 would enjoy the characters and the events in their life.   The series build up as you advanced in the books.   Consequently, though you can read them separately, I would suggest that you read them in order so that you have a better understanding of what is going on.

If you want to read my review for the previous four books, please click on the links below.

Book 1 – Death Trap

Book 2 – Double Cross

Book 3 – Ambush

Book 4 – Counterattack

The Robot Wars Book 5 Final Battle is available at your favorite bookstore, even amazon.ca.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own

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