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Bot Wars

Bot Wars

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by J.V. Kade
     
 

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Twelve-year-old Trout St. Kroix has been searching for his missing father for the last two years, after his dad disappeared while fighting in the Bot Wars. The Bot Wars began after robots became so advanced that they revolted and demanded more workers' rights, causing the government to declare all robots terrorists and ban them from the Districts. Trout never

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Twelve-year-old Trout St. Kroix has been searching for his missing father for the last two years, after his dad disappeared while fighting in the Bot Wars. The Bot Wars began after robots became so advanced that they revolted and demanded more workers' rights, causing the government to declare all robots terrorists and ban them from the Districts. Trout never questioned anything the government told him—even when his own nanny bot was banished—until a vid he posts about his missing dad goes viral and new information pops up. At first Trout is wrenched his dad might be alive, but when his brother disappears, Trout learns nothing is what it seems . . . not even his own father.

Percy Jackson meets Transformers in this heart-stopping, futuristic adventure that will make you question everything you know—and look at robots in a whole new light.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kade (a pseudonym for Jennifer Rush, who recently made her YA debut with Altered) offers a fast-paced, futuristic adventure in which one boy risks everything for his family. The Robot Wars left the U.S. in shambles, divided between Bot Territory and the United Districts. Even though the wars ended months ago, 12-year-old Trout St. Kroix is still waiting for his soldier father to come home. When Trout makes one last desperate attempt to bring attention to his father’s plight, he discovers the surprising truth about where his father is and what he’s been up to. Meanwhile, Trout’s older brother has fallen into the hands of the U.D.’s corrupt government, and it’s up to Trout to save them both and prevent disaster. Strong characterizations and nifty tech keep Kade’s story from succumbing to a relatively predictable “everything you know is wrong” dystopian plot. Kade’s robots tread the fine line between the familiar and the alien, and her world-building shows potential, resulting in an entertaining reading experience. Ages 10–up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
Robots used to be a figment of our imagination but now they have tried to take over the world. Can this happen in the future? It can and does happen to Trout, the twelve year-old narrator who tells us about the background of the Robot Wars (Bot Wars, for short). His brother fought and lost his leg but he is alive. However, their father has not been heard of in two years and both boys miss him fiercely. Trout has vowed he has to discover how his father disappeared and how to find him. Kade paints a vivid picture of this world of the future in which there is constant fighting and conflict between the humans and the robots. New place names and strange futuristic terms are used to describe what Trout and his brother are up against. The hardest things to bear are the rules that the government has decided all people must obey. This future world depends on the robots—who do much of the work, security guards—who act as a kind of police force, and many threatening government officials—who may hold the key to answering questions about Trout's father disappearance. All these obstacles do not prevent Trout from going to see the government clerk every week, asking if there is any news or message from his father. When Trout happens to see a newscast showing his own brother being arrested he has to make an immediate decision. Was his brother trying to tell him something, or does this mean that he, too, will never be allowed to return home, just like his dad? There is only one alternative action to take: run! The plot is exciting and will keep the reader's attention as the strange characters attempt to both aid and prevent Trout from pursuing the right clues to find his family. Science fiction is an exciting genre to explore and this story is an excellent example. It has mystery, romance, complicated family relationships, and ethical themes to consider. Teen readers will appreciate the believable story as well as the fast paced action. Looking at the frightening cover of the book is enough for most readers to dive right into the story. They will not be disappointed. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—The Robot Wars have been over for six months, and the former United States is divided into autonomous districts. "Bots" are banned, except in the Bot Territory. Twelve-year-old Trout lives with his older brother, Po, an injured war veteran, in the heavily militarized 5th District. Their father is missing. Hoping to prove that he's still alive, Trout posts a search appeal for him on the Net. Sure enough, his dad's ID thread comes back on, but the message attracts the attention of the authorities. After Po is arrested, Trout realizes that his father and brother are involved in the Meta-Rise pro-bot resistance movement-and now the police are after him as well. He needs to find his dad and rescue Po, a mission that takes him to resistance headquarters in Bot Territory, and, with secrets everywhere, he isn't sure whom he can trust. The dialogue occasionally struggles with dialect and accent, and the constant repetition of slang gets to be a bit much. Some of the most engaging characters are the robots Trout befriends-for example, steady, courageous LT and clumsy but clever mechanic Scissor. The rather complex story line includes a lot of background information about the wars and the resistance and leaves several plot threads open for potential sequels. Science-fiction fans will enjoy the action and subtle exploration of just what it means to be human.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Kirkus Reviews
The Bot Wars are over, but the robot menace still exists…or does it? Twelve-year-old Trout St. Kroix has been living with his one-legged brother Po for two years, ever since their father went MIA. Trout hasn't given up hope, and he hatches a plan to get their story on the Net with classmate Tellie Rix's help. The video-message upload has unintended consequences. Trout finds himself on the run with a robot headed for the robot territories, while forces within the District government capture Po. Unbeknownst to Trout, their father is leader of the Meta-Rise, a robot equal rights movement started in the wake of the wars. Learning why his father kept so many secrets is just the beginning of Trout's story, and he's out to prove himself his father's son. Kade (who has just released Altered, also 2013, under the name Jennifer Rush) manages to be both naïve and condescending in this short-on-thrills adventure. Set in a future that is as laughable as it is improbable, the tale features lame slang that wears thin early on and "science" that is more convenient to the tale than accurate. The characters are flat, and the prose is replete with awkward and unintentionally funny similes. SF-starved readers should look elsewhere. Sequels are promised…few will be waiting for them. (Science fiction. 9-12)
From the Publisher
"Strong characterizations and nifty tech.... Kade's robots tread the fine line between the familiar and the alien... resulting in an entertaining reading experience."
—Publishers Weekly
 
Science fiction is an exciting genre to explore and this story is an excellent example. It has mystery, romance, complicated family relationships, and ethical themes to consider. Teen readers will appreciate the believable story as well as the fast paced action. Looking at the frightening cover of the book is enough for most readers to dive right into the story. They will not be disappointed.”
Children’s Literature
 
“Science-fiction fans will enjoy the action and subtle exploration of just what it means to be human.”
School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803738607
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/21/2013
Series:
Bot Wars Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.25(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 Years

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From the Publisher
"Strong characterizations and nifty tech.... Kade's robots tread the fine line between the familiar and the alien... resulting in an entertaining reading experience."
Publishers Weekly
 
Science fiction is an exciting genre to explore and this story is an excellent example. It has mystery, romance, complicated family relationships, and ethical themes to consider. Teen readers will appreciate the believable story as well as the fast paced action. Looking at the frightening cover of the book is enough for most readers to dive right into the story. They will not be disappointed.”
Children’s Literature
 
“Science-fiction fans will enjoy the action and subtle exploration of just what it means to be human.”
School Library Journal

Meet the Author

J. V. Kade lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. Bot Wars is her debut middle grade novel.

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Bot Wars 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Morganjs More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! If you know me at all, you know that that means a lot. Pretty much all I read are books that have lots of romance in them. So, for me to LOVE a book about robots, with almost no romance, you know the book has to be really good.  The plot was very fast paced, and I never wanted to put this book down. There was never a spot in the book where I got bored, or felt like I had to make myself keep reading. I think a big part of that was the fact that it took place in the future. It was kind of like the world in Cinder where everything is just more advanced. That was cool and very intriguing. I loved how the author incorporated robots into this world. Instead of saying things like "that's so cool!!" they would say "that's wrenched!" Just little things like the different words they used, made the story seem even more real. I was completely drawn into this world and loved every minute of it.  I received this book for free in return for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, smart, and totally engaging!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I really liked the overall plot and the ideas behind the story. This is now one of my favorite books to read. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in science fiction books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wait, and the book was really good. Ciao, <p> ~Me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt buy this on the nook but i bott the book. It is awesome (i agree with the first reveview) you gota read it
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