Zak Corbin: Master of Machines by Tony Russo

3 Dec

zakcorbinZak Corbin: Master of Machines

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.


34 Responses to “Zak Corbin: Master of Machines by Tony Russo”

  1. Alison December 3, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Thank you for this concise review. I was considering this book for my son but was not aware of the swearing. Now, I know to wait a few years.


  2. Genevieve Petrillo December 3, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    20th Century??!! Mom is suddenly feeling old and decrepit. I agree with you – cursing is naughty.

    Love and licks,


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

      I suddenly realized what is happening in your commenting photo/avatar – Your Mom is holding you while you type and she is smiling at the camera, right? You are looking downwords… 😉 Cursing is naughtier than the bad guys in the Redwall books (which are really good books!)!


  3. KidLitReviews December 3, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    It is a cool cover. I’d like to see a bigger picture of it. A good review Erik. I am not fond of swear words either, but they area part of life. A book for kids older than you should have more of everything you said it was lacking.


  4. lionelsnod December 3, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Thanks for the review Erik. Covering important things, readers should know about. Well done. I agree with you, the cover is indeed AWESOME! Thanks again, I love your blog.

    Paul R. Hewlett


  5. Kirsten Larson December 3, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    I love that your reviews are so honest, Erik.


  6. ontheplumtree December 3, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    sounds like a book for boys. I agree, no need for cursing!


  7. Michelle Isenhoff December 3, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Agree about the cursing. I see way too much of it, and I really don’t want my kids to pick up the habit. Agree about the cover, though, too. Pretty cool!

    Hey, I see you’re still reading Musketeers. How’s it going? I got a chapter into it this summer then put it down in favor of a book I was more eager to read. I never picked it back up again. 😦 The old classic I’m currently reading is Les Mis–so I can finish before the movie comes out on Christmas. My roommate had the soundtrack from the Broadway production (so I can sing along :)) but I don’t really know the story.


  8. Beth Stilborn December 3, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    I’m so glad that your reviews tell not only what you like, but what you had trouble with in a book. It makes it so much easier to get a full understanding of a book. Thanks, Erik!


  9. Joanna December 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    While I think some cursing can be appropriate for older teens, I see no need to put it in middle grade books. Thanks for your honest review and I too love the cover!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      I am glad you like my review Miss Marple! I agree that it can be somewhat appropriate to have cursing in YA books and older, but not in any thing younger.


  10. Patricia Tilton December 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Definitely a boy book. The cover is very catchy! Love your honesty!


  11. julie rowan zoch December 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    The cover reminds me of the Iron Giant movie! Just noticed it’s snowing on WP – cool!


  12. Susanna Leonard Hill December 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    Thanks for an honest review, Erik. I have to admit, a robot book is not one I’d likely head for first one the shelf. I barely survived the Transformer movie 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

      Thanks Ms. Hill. I haven’t been allowed to watch the transformers movies yet, but I do like robots! 😉


  13. Jess@Fairday's Blog December 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    This cover is awesome! This sounds like an overall good book with an interesting plot. I enjoyed your honest review. It was great to hear what you liked and didn’t like! Thanks for sharing.


  14. Jess@Fairday's Blog December 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    Oh- and love the snow!


  15. Myra GB December 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    I love how you temper the things that you don’t like with the things that you do like. Very thoughtful and kind, Erik. I agree with you, though, about the cursing, particularly in MG novels. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Bascal! Cursing is a bad thing, and I don’t know why people do it. 😦


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