Reviewed by -- Bookaholic
Book Review of -- Mad Science Institute by Sechin Tower
My overall star rating --- 4
About the book:
Sophia “Soap” Lazarcheck is a girl genius with a knack for making robots—and for making robots explode. After her talents earn her admission into a secretive university institute, she is swiftly drawn into a conspiracy more than a century in the making. Meanwhile and without her knowledge, her cousin Dean wages a two-fisted war of vengeance against a villainous genius and his unwashed minions. Separately, the cousins must pit themselves against murderous thugs, experimental weaponry, lizard monsters, and a nefarious doomsday device. When their paths finally meet up, they will need to risk everything to prevent a mysterious technology from bringing civilization to a sudden and very messy end.
Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 23 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
This story starts off with explosions and just gets better! The character, Soap, is a girl who never met a robot she didn't like. In fact, she cannot breathe without modding, morphing, inventing, and of course, blowing things up. While at the same time, she is so clueless about making friends that she observes the popular girl and makes up a checklist/template for how to have a conversation.
She finds herself at a school for kid geniuses, which was founded by...guess who...Nikola Tesla! (Which is why I read this book in the first place.) The plot revolves around an Evil Professor and his nefarious plot for world domination. These kind of storylines are about as deep as a comic book. You've got weird devices, a motorcycle gang, and...oh yeah, some kind of underground dinosaur civilization. It didn't make much sense, but who cares? The main appeal for me is the character Soap and her wry observations about life. Oh, there is also an index of devices in the back, where you might actually learn something.
Genre -- Science Fiction
Age recommendations -- 12, Good for young adult and young-at-heart
Sex content rating -- There are no sex scenes.
Violence rating -- There is some violence with motorcycle gangs, but it is not graphic.
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