Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Review: The Mad Science Institute by Sechin Tower

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.

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The Mad Science Institute was a fun read for me. It was a very easy book to just sit down and get into. I feel like Mr. Tower has crafted a very thoughtful and well written book.

Plot: The plot was very well done in this book. It's a deviation from just about everything else that's out there right now. I like the fact that Mr. Tower went out on a limb and created something that isn't popular in the mainstream right now. There aren't a lot of folks talking about mad scientists trying to take over the world and a group of college aged scientists trying to stop them. I'm not going to get into too much of the plot in this review because I would much rather you read it for yourself. It is well worth it.

Characters: The characters in this book are really well done. Soap and Dean are easy to relate to and easy to follow through the book. I like that each chapter of the book alternated from Soap to Dean. I love it when authors give me the point of view of more than one character in the book. I think it really helps to move the characters along in the story and keeps the reader engaged with each character.

Readership: I think that this book would appeal to teenagers, middle and jr. highers, and anyone that is fascinated by robots and science. It's got a great plot and it's a breeze to read. You won't be sorry you picked this book up. It's great for a light read.

Overall Rating: 5/5

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