Death Trap (Robot Wars Series #1)

Death Trap (Robot Wars Series #1)

by Sigmund Brouwer
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Death Trap (Robot Wars Series #1) by Sigmund Brouwer

Set in an experimental community on Mars in the year 2039, The Robot Wars series features 14-year-old virtual reality specialist Tyce Sanders. Life on the red planet is not always easy, but it is definitely exciting. Tyce finds that the mysteries of the planet point to his greatest discovery—a new relationship with God. He talks about his growing faith and curiosity in a manner that kids can relate to as they are probably wondering some of the same things. Each book contains 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.
Robot Wars is a repackaged and updated version of Mars Diaries. There are now five books in the series; each book contains two stories. These new books contain a foreword about how far science has brought us.

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ISBN-13: 9781414367088
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 07/20/2012
Series: Robot Wars , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 736,933
File size: 838 KB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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Death Trap (Robot Wars Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
FusionProGamer More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book and one of the few books I have found that have kept my interest all the way through the story line. I'm a 14 year old and I do not enjoy reading but this book was so interesting and captured my imagination so well that I have read all 5 books in this series. I definetly recommend this book to anyone. It has a wonderful blend of religon, science, virtual reality and other amazing topics that are wonderful worded it this book. So basicaly I love this book and it's now my favorite book ever!
MDrews More than 1 year ago
I am always looking for good books that will capture the interest of my 8 and 10 year old boys. "Death Trap" drew them in from the very beginning. The title alone makes them want to give the book a shot (and not be intimidated by the lack of pictures or number of pages). I was very surprised when my 10yo finished this 257 page book in only 2 days! He thought it was a very good story-- what's not to like about robots, virtual reality and living on Mars? The relationships between the characters and the exciting plot make this book enjoyable for the older kid set and parents as well. I personally enjoyed reading about Tyce's adventure and appreciate how his struggle to believe in God was woven into the story in a subtle and natural manner. There was no overt religiosity or preaching, but rather a plain and personal reconciliation of faith and science in the different characters. While we received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale, we will definitely be purchasing the other books in the Robot Wars series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is great! It is a christian sci-fi novel about a 14 year old boy who can control a robot by connecting his thoughts and conscience to the body of the robot. Tyce Sanders was the the first human to be born on Mars. In these 5 books you read about his struggles both spiritually and phisically as he deals with the universal terrorist group know as Terratakers. I hope you enjoy these novels as much as I did!~~~ Lil Ducky07
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thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
If you have a budding scientist in your family, or a potential scifi/fantasy reader, this is the series for you. Sigmund Brouwer is a multi-genre author with a lot of experience telling amazing stories. This Robot Wars series has been repackaged and includes some excellent bonus material. Just within the first two chapters the reader gets quite a few twists and turns that set the tone for the rest of the book. With exploration of Mars on the bucket list of the scientific world, this is a series to be reading. Great for both boys and girls, and a superb addition to a homeschool curriculum. Tyce is easy to relate to, and watching him grow in his faith will encourage your own child to grow in faith and trust in God as well.
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
I am not a huge fan of science fiction, but I did enjoy this book. From the opening scene in the book where Tyce is playing a virtual-reality game, I was completely sucked in. I thought the author did a really good job in making the scientific aspects of the book easily understandable to a non-scientific reader. I think what made the book so enjoyable was that Brouwer applied realistic concerns about the future of Earth, for example over-crowding and water and food shortages, as a backdrop of why the colonization of Mars was so important. Another aspect of this book that was so enjoyable was that the main character was a teenage boy who is in a wheelchair. There isn't a huge selection of books in which the main character is confined to a wheelchair. I appreciated the fact the author featured an intelligent, confident, capable boy who just happened to be in a wheelchair. Brouwer is so clever in how he takes relevant, timely topics and addressed them in a way that makes readers think. For example, in the second journal in the book, he tackles genetic manipulation and cloning. I think it introduces younger readers to this topic in a thought-provoking way, without overwhelming them. If you are looking for a book to encourage your teen boy to read more, this might be just the ticket. There is a lot to appeal to younger readers, and adult readers as well. I look forward to reading another book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Number 1 book
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Chapter one comin out tonight!!
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I love these books! theyre sooooo awesome.u should tottaly read them.i like the new way they have them.its better than mars diaries.its the same thing but in seperate books.the new ones r 2 books in 1. Awesomeness!!!!!!
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
This is a great science fiction story about a boy born on Mars who lives with a group of scientists including his mother on Mars. Because he was injured in birth on Mars, he goes everywhere in a wheelchair. The people on Mars are brought oxygen tanks from earth on a regular basis. Then it seems that the colonists will run out of oxygen tanks before the next shipment of air tanks arrives from earth. One of their leaders decided that some people should give up their need for oxygen so that others could live. However this handicapped boy realized microscopic sand particles were the problem. They were wearing down the ball bearings that caused the solar panel wheels to drag slightly and throw off the panel angles so not enough oxygen was collected. What was the result of his discovery? What lesson does this teach everyone about people?
rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This was the first science fiction book that I read and I really enjoyed it.  Tyce is the first child born on the Mars colony and he is writing journals while there so that others can hear about his experiences in case something happens to him and the rest of the colony.  He is paralyzed from the waist down and since everyone on the Mars colony has to have a purpose his is to control a robot on Mars.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
What a fun and fascinating book! I loved it and really want to read more. The year is 2039 and Tyce is a 14 year old boy who was born on the planet Mars and has spent his entire life there with the first 200 settlers. He is the only child. Unfortunately he can’t move his legs and gets around in a wheelchair but he has learned to use a robot to get around as well. Science fiction but seems completely plausible and I loved how Tyce’s mom keeps pointing to God and how when you know science you logically have to believe in a creator: the details in our DNA are too great to be random. Reading this book I was reminded of the scenarios I got at school when we had to decide who should live if there were only enough resources for a few people. I really loved this book and its exciting Mars adventures!
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
I read this book in an effort to find something cool for my son to read when he's a little older.  He's currently 7 and, while this would be a bit over his head, he's going to love this series in a couple years!  The book gripped me from the start, as the story was being told from a robot's point of view. It was a great way to hook the reader!  As the story slowly unfolded, the main character was an incredibly likable kid... flaws and all.  I don't want to give away too much of the story, but if you've got a preteen son, I'm sure he'd enjoy this series!  I have to say, I've seen some boys series that are just not cool enough (too sissified, to be precise)--we need more all-out boyish stuff like this! 
Annie732009 More than 1 year ago
We met Tyce who is 14 years old that is in a wheelchair and on Mars. Tyce who comes to God grows in faith.  This was my first Science fiction book and I was really surprised on how great it was. Even with it being YA it kept my attention and I wanted to find out what was going to happen. I will be looking for me books by this author. Thanks Tyndale House for making this one of the Summer Reading books because I may have never read this book if you hadn't put it on your list. Now I am a fan of Christian Science Fiction!
Miss_CindyH More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly to me I liked this book.  One it's science fiction which is not my normal choice.  Two it's youth fiction.  That being said, I was not ready for it to end.  Tyce Sanders and his mother live under then dome on Mars.  With a recent TV series, Under the Dome, that isn't so science fiction is it?  The first part of the book deals with a sudden life threatening situation.  The oxygen is running out and not every one will live.  There isn't time for the next space ship from earth to arrive. Decisions must be made as to who will live and who will die.  The book deals with issues such as a person's worth, honesty, bravery, security in Christ, and unconditional love.  In the second part of the book Tyce's dad returns to Mars, a girl his age arrives at Mars, and he has fully learned how to control his robot body.   As Tyce is called upon to rescue one of the scientists out in the greenhouse, a mystery begins to unfold.  Are there aliens on Mars?  Things begin to get difficult.  Those Tyce felt he could trust, hurt and confuse him.  People are lying and pushing him away.  Knowing how it feels to have people make life altering decisions for you, spurs Tyce on.  He must find the truth and protect those less fortunate than he.  Warning this is a reprint of an earlier published, Mars Diaries.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
It is the year 2039 and teen Tyce Sanders lives on Mars! He live in an experimental colony that hopes to eventually help relieve the overpopulation of Earth. His scientist mother has asked him to tell his story in a journal for the kids on Earth who are following the Mars Project. Tyce loves science, is very smart, is in a wheelchair, and is the only young person there - in fact he's the only person ever born on Mars. This series of books follows Tyce in his Mars adventures and is two stories in one; this is the first in the series. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! Totally not my typical demographic, but I liked it so much I'm going to go get the rest of the series. Your pre-teens/teens will (especially) love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 can’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 don’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 aren’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 “Robot Wars” title. I think it can be misleading as there is no actual robot war in this book (and although I haven’t read the other books in this series, I don’t think there is one in them either). I thought the Mars Diaries title for the series was a better choice that wouldn’t lead to confusion about what this book is about.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
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.
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
Engaging book - hard to put down While the Robot Wars title is groan worthy (really, you're going to be THAT obvious about trying to hook Star Wars fans??) this first book, Death Trap, is very good. The story is engaging and kept me turning the pages to see what happens next.The end of the book definitively made me want to go find the next in the series to keep reading. Well written, and scientifically informative - without being boring or getting bogged down. I thought how the author made it clear that science and faith in God were not mutually exclusive was really cool - conveying that to people is one of my passions, and this is an awesome way to do that. This book is not just for young adults - adults will find it interesting too! Word of warning, though, this series is the Mars Diaries series by the same author, but repackaged, and some of the information has been updated to reflect modern times - so it's not entirely new. That being said, it is still a little different than the original. Kindof like reading one of the original Hardy Boy books and then reading the same story that had been updated to reflect modern detective methods: It's worth reading the old and the new books. Highly recommended.
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Phenomenal. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure, the science, the life on Mars, and the humor. Tyce 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 Mr. Brouwer made it just that much better. Looks like a great series for kids and adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it good thats the question
JayT More than 1 year ago
A Christian YA Sci-Fi novel that is a good read for readers of all ages. I had mild difficulty actually getting into the novel at first, but once beyond the first few pages, the story becomes more fascinating until you reach the end. It is really two separate stories in one volume, but it this is not a distraction. The combination of normal adolescent behavior, thoughts, and actions combined with intense moral/ethical difficulties and an isolated Martian colony make for a gripping read. As the original stories were written in the early 2000s, it is slightly dated, but overall is a great read in which all the moral issues are presented in the light of Christian teachings and lifestyle. Definitely a book to use when attempting to teach children basic moral philosophy. I eagerly anticipate reading the rest of the books in this series.