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Here’s what readers have to say about Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine:

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Great Dystopian Adventure for Kids! 

By This Kid Reviews Books

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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.

 

A great read no matter what your age!

By wrytergrrrl
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I am not exactly the age group Guts and Glory was intended for, but like Harry Potter before it, the series was able to catch my attention and keep me emotionally invested from beginning to end. Post-apocalyptic fiction seems like a hard sell for younger readers, but Jessica Rising managed to create a post-apocalyptic world that was dark, intense, and action-packed, without being too hardcore for younger readers. She never talks down to her audience or expect them to believe that everything in the world is made up of kittens and rainbows, but she also never crosses the line into taking them beyond what they might be ready for. I think this is a great series for both boys and girls, as it has lots of action but also lots of emotional moments, and both a male and female main character. I had an excellent time reading the first book in this series and look forward to seeing what Guts and Glory have in store for us next.

 

Absolutely Awesome!!!!

By cailet tempest
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My 9 year old son who is high functioning autistic and refuses to read anything unless it contains horses, absolutely loved this book. At first he didn’t want to read because he really wanted to play computer games but after telling him about the beginning of this book and not saying another word to him, he went and picked it up off of the counter. Three days later he had finished the book. An amazing feat, to say the least. It was all we could do to get him to put this book down to stop and eat meals. I asked him what he thought of this book. He told me “That was the best book ever without horses.” I have to say if a book can get my son’s undivided attention the way this book did, it is an absolute blessing and wonderful writing that got his attention and kept his attention through the whole book. He is now anxiously awaiting book 2 in this series. Thank you Jessica Rising for writing this book that even a “i hate reading” kid loved to read.

 

waiting for the next book

By Molly Severns
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Just finished reading Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine to my boys (age 9 and 11). They were enthralled through the entire story and are excited for the next book to come out. They especially liked the huge moths, and machines that make Nil a unique place to grow up. This book also got my children thinking and asking questions about society in Nil: Why didn’t the kids have parents? Why do they hate their big brothers and sisters? Why did Dr. Fixit brainwash the teens. Any book that both entertains and encourages my children to think freely gets an A+ from me. We’ll definitely be keeping our eye out for book two.

 

Great for all ages

By J.M.
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This book was awesome! My children range from Kindergarten to Freshman in highschool. This was a book that, as a family, we all enjoyed reading. My 7th grader struggles with reading and she had a hard time putting it down.She even wrote a book report on this book for school. Love the double spacing and larger print. So much easier for young readers who still run a finger under the words to keep their place. We love the book and are impatiently waiting for the second book.

 

it’s a great book

By hoper
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Hi, my name is Tristan. I am 7 years old. My neighbor gave me Dr Fixit’s Malicious Machine and I loved it! My favorite part was when the kids went into the bathtub and slid down the slide. I really like Books, he builds really cool stuff! I can’t wait for the next book. I think it will have a swamp where monsters run around! If I lived on Nil, I would probably be Bounce because I jump on the trampoline a lot. Maybe I’d wear some bouncy shoes and jump really high!

 

conrad’s review

By Conrad
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hi I’m Conrad aka Quinn son of valor aka wire. I’m 9 aka 8 aka 10. guts and glory dr. fixit malicious machine is awsomeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am wire and my favorite character is guts. I really like the part when echo jumps on glory and wags his tail. spiders don’t have tails but anyway I love it anyway.

 

 

by Kris Dinnison
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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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