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"He's found us!" That's not what eleven-year-old Trevor Tate expects his mom to say when she gets his third suspension notice in three months. He doesn't expect a robotic tentacle to shoot out of the bathtub and drag her through an otherworldly portal, either. Now to rescue Mom, Trevor must follow her to Nil - a world of giant bugs, monstrous machines and a disturbing lack "He's found us!" That's not what eleven-year-old Trevor Tate expects his mom to say when she gets his third suspension notice in three months. He doesn't expect a robotic tentacle to shoot out of the bathtub and drag her through an otherworldly portal, either. Now to rescue Mom, Trevor must follow her to Nil - a world of giant bugs, monstrous machines and a disturbing lack of working toilets. Then there are the Dark Crows, an army of superkids who think Trevor is a legendary champion sent to save them from the tyrannical teens. To Trevor, whose short temper has always branded him a bully, the idea that he could be anyone's knight in shining armor is a pipe-dream. But while rescuing Mom, he uncovers a secret about his past that will forever tip the balance between the villain he was, and the hero he was meant to be.


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"He's found us!" That's not what eleven-year-old Trevor Tate expects his mom to say when she gets his third suspension notice in three months. He doesn't expect a robotic tentacle to shoot out of the bathtub and drag her through an otherworldly portal, either. Now to rescue Mom, Trevor must follow her to Nil - a world of giant bugs, monstrous machines and a disturbing lack "He's found us!" That's not what eleven-year-old Trevor Tate expects his mom to say when she gets his third suspension notice in three months. He doesn't expect a robotic tentacle to shoot out of the bathtub and drag her through an otherworldly portal, either. Now to rescue Mom, Trevor must follow her to Nil - a world of giant bugs, monstrous machines and a disturbing lack of working toilets. Then there are the Dark Crows, an army of superkids who think Trevor is a legendary champion sent to save them from the tyrannical teens. To Trevor, whose short temper has always branded him a bully, the idea that he could be anyone's knight in shining armor is a pipe-dream. But while rescuing Mom, he uncovers a secret about his past that will forever tip the balance between the villain he was, and the hero he was meant to be.

30 review for Dr. Fixit's Malicious Machine: The Legend of Guts and Glory, Book 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erik This Kid Reviews Books

    Trevor Tate was tired of getting into trouble in school. He didn’t even argue this time when he went to the principal’s office. People called him a bully, but they didn’t understand that he was only trying to help other kids who were getting picked on. Trevor really wanted to be a hero, but this hero was going to be in big trouble when he got home and tells his mom he got suspended from school again. Instead of facing an angry mom, he sees the unbelievable scene of is mom getting grabbed by some Trevor Tate was tired of getting into trouble in school. He didn’t even argue this time when he went to the principal’s office. People called him a bully, but they didn’t understand that he was only trying to help other kids who were getting picked on. Trevor really wanted to be a hero, but this hero was going to be in big trouble when he got home and tells his mom he got suspended from school again. Instead of facing an angry mom, he sees the unbelievable scene of is mom getting grabbed by some sort of tentacle that grabs her and sucks her down into the bathtub drain! Trevor tries to explain what happened to his sisters, who think he’s crazy, but are soon convinced when they get an eerie message from Dr. Fixit telling them that they will be his champions of honor and justice in the world of Nil. The kids follow their mom through the drain pipe to Nil, where they meet up with dangers they never imagined (giant bugs and mechanical monsters). Nil looked a lot like Earth, but only pretty much destroyed and there were no parents – no adults – only Kids and Teens. To make things worse the Kids and Teens were enemies who constantly fight each other. Trevor and his sisters don’t understand what is going on, but they know they have to find Dr. Fixit and rescue their mom. The Kids of Nil think that Trevor and his sister Tabitha are the legendary Guts and Glory, Kids sent to help them defeat the Teens. Trevor really wants to be this hero, but the things he learns in Nil makes him question if he really is meant to be one. This dystopian adventure ROCKED through about 3/4 of the book. Let me tell you about the 3/4 first! The world of Nil that Ms. Rising created was totally awesome and it was easy for me to lose myself in the story. I loved that one of the main “Kid” characters from Nil, Books (love the name), lived in a demolished book store in a mall and got super-smart by reading. It is a long book, but the reading level and content were totally appropriate for middle graders or YA readers. Trevor and his sisters were great characters. I liked Trevor a lot especially that he wanted to be a hero and do the right thing. The Dr. Fixit character was creepy (which he should be), but we don’t learn a lot about him. The sketchy artwork throughout the book was great. It really went well with the dystopian idea of the book. The plot of the story really went well through most of the book but there were some things I kept waiting to be explained that never were. Some of the things, I figured that we will learn as the series goes on and that’s okay (like more about Dr. Fixit and more on how Trevor’s mom fits into it all), but there were things I thought should have been explained a bit more in this book like why is the world of Nil destroyed and why it’s a lot like Earth, where did Nil come from. Because of this, I felt like the story for this book didn’t end quite right, I had too many questions. Even though I had a problem with some unanswered questions, I loved the story and Ms. Rising’s writing style and the fact she wrote a kid-friendly book packed with action and excitement. **NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    While I’m a bit older than the target demographic, I’m not sure I was ever a fan of the kind of “gross-out” tropes that seem to permeate the middle-grade genre. My main problem with Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine is that it relies on this trope in spades. At the very least, it takes this slightly “uncultured” format and takes it to its logical extremes. After all, the amount of accented pidgin adds flavor to this parallel universe, even if it sacrifices some readability. In the end, though, it’s While I’m a bit older than the target demographic, I’m not sure I was ever a fan of the kind of “gross-out” tropes that seem to permeate the middle-grade genre. My main problem with Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine is that it relies on this trope in spades. At the very least, it takes this slightly “uncultured” format and takes it to its logical extremes. After all, the amount of accented pidgin adds flavor to this parallel universe, even if it sacrifices some readability. In the end, though, it’s still a pretty good story even if the plot points felt pretty standard for the genre. Aside from some of the content being gross, there were several proofreading errors scattered throughout this book. Not enough to be distracting but enough to be noticeable. I’m also not sure the more complicated “twist” near the end is understandable for the target age range, considering the scientific knowledge needed to understand what was being explained. The attempt was certainly there to bring it down to a middle-grade level, but I think there's a loss of a lot of the nuance of this adult technology in favor of covering up a few plot holes. I picked this book up and read it in fits and starts and was always able to remember vaguely what was happening and who the characters were, so there is some memorability to it. The trick with the twist ending is that everything leading up to it almost felt like filler. Sure, a few key events needed to happen to get there, but there seemed to be a lot of time spent chasing or being chased that didn’t add much in terms of plot development (there was a bit of character development, so it wasn’t entirely wasted). A “gross-out” middle-grade for those who are into it, I give Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine 3.5 stars out of 5.    1/2 For more reviews of books and movies like this, please visit www.benjamin-m-weilert.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kris Dinnison

    After only reading local authors for the last few weeks of 2013, I realized how many great books I'd been missing out on, and how many more local authors I didn't have time to read in December. So this year I'm reading at least one a month. The first read local entry for 2014 is Jessica Rising's fun, action-packed Dr. Fixit's Malicious Machine. Two siblings, nicknamed Guts and Glory by their mother, follow her into another world to try and rescue her from Dr. Fixit. But this other world's rules After only reading local authors for the last few weeks of 2013, I realized how many great books I'd been missing out on, and how many more local authors I didn't have time to read in December. So this year I'm reading at least one a month. The first read local entry for 2014 is Jessica Rising's fun, action-packed Dr. Fixit's Malicious Machine. Two siblings, nicknamed Guts and Glory by their mother, follow her into another world to try and rescue her from Dr. Fixit. But this other world's rules are so different, and its version of what a hero is so confusing, that the two make mistakes that may cost them everything. Rising packs this first book in her series full of humor, great characters, and some wonderful gadgets. She also weaves in some deeper issues around family, anger, and standing up for what's right.

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