An interesting new series sure to capture the attention of both robot and cat lovers. Twins Max and Min Wengrod are on opposite sides. Max prefers cats and video games while Min could be the first poster child for STEM with her love of robotics. The technology infused home is full of robots and a overseer called House (Kind of like Apple’s Seri or Google Assistant). Trouble arrives when their parents are called away on a business trip, leaving the kids in the care of their favorite cousin, Javi, a gender neutral who prefers to be called with the pronouns them or their.
They all get caught in the middle of a war between the Robot Federation and the Feline Empire, who have been enemies in the universe for eons. The ultimate prize is a Singularity Chip hidden at the Wengrod’s house. With it, cats can live past their nine lives, and robots are granted eternal battery life.
Enter two kittens Max finds. Min’s horrified these two fur balls could ruin her chances at the Battle of the Bots competition. Little do they know a war is about to obliterate them all.
Told in third person, it’s a bit long (307 pages) due to the third person narration which often repeats to show the viewpoint of the various stakeholders. Regardless, the setup for book #2 is done well. Themes of being your own person and seeing past other’s differences are a great outcome. I can only imagine the fun these married authors had writing the plot. They even enlisted their fifteen-year-old who did the spot-on illustrations at the beginning of each chapter.
For more about how to order your own copy, bios of the authors and illustrators, and some fun images and videos visit the Cats vs. Robots web page.
(I received a copy of the book from HarperCollins for this review)
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