Thursday, September 20, 2018

Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

Nick and Tesla return in an all-new, robot-filled adventure!

When a rash of robberies hits the town of Half Moon Bay, 11-year-old sleuths Nick and Tesla are determined to catch the criminals—but to do so, they'll have to build a host of new gadgets and gizmos!

In this robot-themed follow-up to Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab, the brother-and-sister duo build four different droids out of ordinary household objects—and illustrated instructions are included throughout the story, so you can build them, too! Make bristlebots that buzz, hoverbots that float above the ground, battlebots that duke it out, and more!

Can Nick and Tesla catch the criminal mastermind—and foil his army of rampaging robots—before it's too late?

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
Lately I've been going through this reading phase where all I want to read is middle grade. Recently, I read Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab. I loved it so much that I started the second book, Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage immediately. While I didn't love it as much as the first book, I still thought it was an enjoyable sequel.

I'm not entirely sure why I didn't enjoy Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage as much as the first book in the series. There was just something magical missing from it. I think part of it is because I was hoping the sequel would focus more on the big reveal that happened at the end of the first book, and that didn't happen. I found that kind of disappointing. It was slightly mentioned at times, but wasn't a huge plot point.

Despite that, I really did enjoy the book. In fact, I read all of it in about two hours because I couldn't put it down. I especially enjoyed the new character, Dr. Sakurai. I enjoyed seeing how having her around changed Uncle Newt. Speaking of Uncle Newt, he went through so much character growth in this book. Even though he's still his zany, wacky self, he really went through a growth period, and matured a lot. I loved seeing that. For once, I didn't guess the culprit at the end, which I also enjoyed. It was a fantastic reveal that I never saw coming.

Even though I prefer the first book in the series, I really did enjoy Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage. I thought it was a good sequel. I plan on starting the next book in the series as soon as I finish typing this review. I can't wait to see what happens after the bombshell that was dropped at the end of the book with the answering machine message.

I give Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage: 3.5/5.

Want to know more about the authors?
Bob Pflugfelder

Steve Hockensmith

I received this book from the publisher, Quirk Books, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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