Zak Corbin: Master of Machines by Tony Russo

zakcorbinZak Corbin: Master of Machines

By Tony Russo

286 pages – ages 12+

Published by CreateSpace on August 23, 2012

Zakary Corbin loved robots, but most teenage boys do. Zak however, is the nephew of the world-famous robot-inventor, Dr. Elias Corbin, who is in jail for a reason his parents won’t tell him. Zak finds out that his uncle was put in jail because he was a traitor and used his robots to destroy a factory. Zak knows that his uncle couldn’t be a traitor and wouldn’t build evil robots and he decides to find out the truth. Zak finds the plans to build one of his uncles robots called a “Guardian.” Zak and his friends decide to build the Guardian and prove that his uncles robots are not evil, but things do not go as planned…

First I have to say – WHAT A COOL COVER! The cover art is awesome. There was a lot good action, excitement and cool robot stuff. Mr. Russo also put in a lot of humor mixed in, which I always like in a story. The story itself was good and fun to read, but it wasn’t as involved as I would have liked. I had a bit of trouble picturing the settings in my head and I wanted a bit more to the plot. The characters of Zak and his friends were good characters that were fun to read about. One thing I didn’t like was that there was cursing throughout the book (by some of the adult characters). The book was written for kids older than me and cursing sometimes adds to a character’s personality. It was more than I like (I don’t want any), but may not be a problem for other kids. I was surprised to find out that the book takes place in the 20th century. It made a cool dystopian setting.

Three out of five bookworms for Zak Corbin: Master of Machines.


Categories: Age 12+

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34 replies

  1. Thank you for this concise review. I was considering this book for my son but was not aware of the swearing. Now, I know to wait a few years.

  2. 20th Century??!! Mom is suddenly feeling old and decrepit. I agree with you – cursing is naughty.

    Love and licks,

    • I suddenly realized what is happening in your commenting photo/avatar – Your Mom is holding you while you type and she is smiling at the camera, right? You are looking downwords… 😉 Cursing is naughtier than the bad guys in the Redwall books (which are really good books!)!

  3. It is a cool cover. I’d like to see a bigger picture of it. A good review Erik. I am not fond of swear words either, but they area part of life. A book for kids older than you should have more of everything you said it was lacking.

  4. Thanks for the review Erik. Covering important things, readers should know about. Well done. I agree with you, the cover is indeed AWESOME! Thanks again, I love your blog.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  5. I love that your reviews are so honest, Erik.

  6. sounds like a book for boys. I agree, no need for cursing!

  7. Agree about the cursing. I see way too much of it, and I really don’t want my kids to pick up the habit. Agree about the cover, though, too. Pretty cool!

    Hey, I see you’re still reading Musketeers. How’s it going? I got a chapter into it this summer then put it down in favor of a book I was more eager to read. I never picked it back up again. 🙁 The old classic I’m currently reading is Les Mis–so I can finish before the movie comes out on Christmas. My roommate had the soundtrack from the Broadway production (so I can sing along :)) but I don’t really know the story.

  8. I’m so glad that your reviews tell not only what you like, but what you had trouble with in a book. It makes it so much easier to get a full understanding of a book. Thanks, Erik!

  9. While I think some cursing can be appropriate for older teens, I see no need to put it in middle grade books. Thanks for your honest review and I too love the cover!

  10. Definitely a boy book. The cover is very catchy! Love your honesty!

  11. The cover reminds me of the Iron Giant movie! Just noticed it’s snowing on WP – cool!

  12. Thanks for an honest review, Erik. I have to admit, a robot book is not one I’d likely head for first one the shelf. I barely survived the Transformer movie 🙂

  13. This cover is awesome! This sounds like an overall good book with an interesting plot. I enjoyed your honest review. It was great to hear what you liked and didn’t like! Thanks for sharing.

  14. I love how you temper the things that you don’t like with the things that you do like. Very thoughtful and kind, Erik. I agree with you, though, about the cursing, particularly in MG novels. 🙂

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