By Tony Russo
286 pages – ages 12+
Published by CreateSpace on August 23, 2012
Zakary Corbin loved robots, but most teenage boys do. Zak however, is the nephew of the world-famous robot-inventor, Dr. Elias Corbin, who is in jail for a reason his parents won’t tell him. Zak finds out that his uncle was put in jail because he was a traitor and used his robots to destroy a factory. Zak knows that his uncle couldn’t be a traitor and wouldn’t build evil robots and he decides to find out the truth. Zak finds the plans to build one of his uncles robots called a “Guardian.” Zak and his friends decide to build the Guardian and prove that his uncles robots are not evil, but things do not go as planned…
First I have to say – WHAT A COOL COVER! The cover art is awesome. There was a lot good action, excitement and cool robot stuff. Mr. Russo also put in a lot of humor mixed in, which I always like in a story. The story itself was good and fun to read, but it wasn’t as involved as I would have liked. I had a bit of trouble picturing the settings in my head and I wanted a bit more to the plot. The characters of Zak and his friends were good characters that were fun to read about. One thing I didn’t like was that there was cursing throughout the book (by some of the adult characters). The book was written for kids older than me and cursing sometimes adds to a character’s personality. It was more than I like (I don’t want any), but may not be a problem for other kids. I was surprised to find out that the book takes place in the 20th century. It made a cool dystopian setting.
Three out of five bookworms for Zak Corbin: Master of Machines.