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The Robot Wars series is an updated version of the Mars Diaries series, and each book has two exciting adventures. In the first adventure, the Mars project is in trouble and only Tyce holds the key. In the second adventure, Tyce has discovered there may be killer aliens on the loose. Though he does not believe aliens exist, his discoveries may force him to rethink this view. Recommended for ages 10 to 14.
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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
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Series: Robot Wars
Alisha LFloridaAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great bookJuly 17, 2014Alisha LFloridaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
In Robot Wars, Book #1: Death Trap, we are introduced to 14 year old Tyce, the first - and so far only - kid to be born and to live in an experimental community on Mars in 2039. Due to a spinal injury that happened when he was a baby, Tyce is disabled (his legs are crippled) and he uses a wheelchair. He longs to go outside the dome that they live in on mars and actually see what the real Mars is like rather than seeing it through a virtual reality program, but he canâ€™t due to having to use his wheelchair which would sink in the sand on Mars. At the beginning of the series Tyce is not a Christian. His mom is a Christian and tells Tyce about God and trys to convince him to put his faith in God, but Tyce only believes in science and what he can see and measure.
Death Trap is split up into two journals. The two journals were originally published as books one and two in the Mars Diaries series.
In the first journal, the community on Mars is faced with an oxygen crisis where they are running out of oxygen and must figure out what to do. If they donâ€™t find a way to fix the problem quickly, they could all die. During this crisis, a long kept secret is revealed to Tyce and he must make a tough decicision of his own.
In the second journal, a scientist working in an experimental greenhouse is attacked by some unknown creatures. There arenâ€™t supposed to be any living creatures on Mars, so what are these creatures and where did they come from? Could they be aliens? That is what Tyce wants to find out.
I used to see the original versions of these books (when they were published as the Mars Diaries series) a lot at my local bookstores and thrift stores and for some reason was never interested in them. Apparently I thought they were about a totally different plot or of a different genre than what they actually are. I wish I had given them a chance and read one of the books sooner as I did enjoy reading the first book in the Robot Wars series and probably would have liked it even more when I was younger. The book was interesting and had several twists in the plots. The first journal had some very emotional parts in it. I liked the pace of the book and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. I really did like the book and I would now like to read the rest of the series to find out what happens to Tyce in his other Mars adventures.
I think this book is a good book for the ages it is intended for, and some adults (like me) will enjoy it as well, although a lot of adults will probably find it too simplistic. I like that this series can be read by both boys and girls. It seems there are an abundance of books published by Christian publishers for girls, but not many for boys. I definitely think this would be a great series for boys to read, especially if they are interested in space, science fiction, and robots.
One thing I do not like so far about this series is the newer â€œRobot Warsâ€ title. I think it can be misleading as there is no actual robot war in this book (and although I havenâ€™t read the other books in this series, I donâ€™t think there is one in them either). I thought the Mars Diaries title for the series was a better choice that wouldnâ€™t lead to confusion about what this book is about.
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Death TrapJuly 12, 2014Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Death Trap is an interesting sci fi book. I loved Tyce, the first to be born on Mars. He was such a bright teenager. I loved how the author used his imagination on how life would be like living on Mars in the future. I found the book to be funny at times. A great book for middle schoolers. 5 stars.
eb7bibliophileHigh Desert WestAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent. Phenomenal.June 6, 2014eb7bibliophileHigh Desert WestAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure, the science, the life on Mars, and the humor. Tyce, the main character, is very likeable and believable. His thought processes are interesting as he learns and grows. This was awesome, and the explanations at the end having to do with science and faith made it just that much better. This looks like a great series for kids and adults.
Sarah COwensboro, KYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great for techno kids!October 12, 2011Sarah COwensboro, KYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
I can't say enough good things about this series! We have a 10 year old boy that loves to read, but find it difficult to obtain clean fiction to fill the need. If we do, it's always the same old kinds of themes. We do love fantasy like CS Lewis, and historical fiction, but were looking for something different. This series fit the bill! My son and husband especially love gadgets and robots which made it a great pick for our family to read together. It was interesting to think of what it might be like to live in space and follow Tyce as he goes through one difficult situation after another, all while learning how to trust the Lord. A couple of cautions: as the series goes on, the situations do become more intense--sometimes a maybe little harder to digest emotionally for a young person (in my opinion). Also, this book contains a fair amount of political issues (world organizations, double agent type characters, etc) which may require either prior knowledge of those sorts of things, or some explaining on the part of the parent. For these reasons, I would recommend this for children no younger than 10-- older would be better. Having said all that, I think the Robot Wars books are on our "favorites" list.
Benjamin Enders5 Stars Out Of 5May 21, 2010Benjamin Enders
My 10 year old son is loving this book. It caught his interest because he likes books about outerspace.
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