Bot Wars by JV Kade
Twelve-year-old Trout St. Kroix has been searching for his missing father for the last two years, after his dad disappeared while fighting in the Bot Wars. The Bot Wars began after robots became so advanced that they revolted and demanded more workers’ rights, causing the government to declare all robots terrorists and ban them from the Districts. Trout never questioned anything the government told him–even when his own nanny bot was banished–until a vid he posts about his missing dad goes viral and new information pops up. At first Trout is wrenched his dad might be alive, but when his brother disappears, Trout learns nothing is what it seems . . . not even his own father.
Trout is a good kid who wants to get his father back more than anything. His older brother has become a father figure in his absence. But just as soon as Trout hears that his father is still alive, his brother is taken. And Trout has to run.
First in a new series, this science fiction adventure for middle readers is a fun read for all ages. It reminded me of the film version of I, Robot but with a teen as the hero of the story. Fast-paced and full of suspense, intrigue, and lots of humor – Bot Wars is an engaging story best read in one sitting. The characters are heart-warming; and the story is sweet and exciting. I can’t wait for the next.