European road trip filled with robots, danger, deceit, salt, death, mystery and history. Absolutely wonderful!
On a winter’s day in a British town, twelve-year old Alex receives a package in the mail: an old tin robot from his grandfather. “This one is special,” says the enclosed note, and when strange events start occurring around him, Alex suspects this small toy is more than special; it might be deadly.
Right as things get out of hand, Alex’s grandfather arrives, pulling him away from an attack—and his otherwise humdrum world of friends, bullies, and homework—and into the macabre magic of an ancient family feud. Together, the duo flees across snowy Europe, unraveling the riddle of the little robot while trying to outwit relentless assassins of the human and mechanical kind.
What an interesting book! I had heard a lot about this book before the lovely guys at Netgalley and Rock the Boat granted my request to read this and I wasn’t disappointed.
Alex receives a postcard and a parcel from his grandad who is away in Prague, in this parcel is a curious little metal robot. This robot looks a little different from the other Alex has collected and his grandfather’s postcard says it’s special.
Alex has a good look at the robot and it nicks his finger causing it to bleed, he wipes away the blood on the robot and thinks nothing more of it until strange things start happening.
Alex falls asleep before finishing his essay and when he wakes up it’s already done and printed off, a bully that torments Alex gives back the robot when Alex asks him to and has a vacant look on his face. Alex begins to wonder if this robot is indeed very special.
His grandad arrives back home and notices the curious behaviour around Alex and decides to take him away on a trip to Paris to find an old friend to show the robot to. Needless to say their journey is not a smooth one and they encounter some bad people that Alex’s grandad has crossed before. They are on a deadly mission to destroy the robot and what it contains while fighting off robots as small as dragonflies with deadly knives all the way up to robots that are the size of people.
It’s a break-neck adventure story that, once you get into it, leaves you breathless with the action and audibly gasping at things that happen in the story. Alex’s grandad is a beautifully eccentric character and is full of charm whereas Alex is your typical confused teenager, thrown into a situation he doesn’t know how to handle and must learn everything on the way.
It’s nothing like anything I have ready in a long time, it’s a brilliant debut from Damien and I cannot wait to read more of his work.
What a story! It’s a European road trip filled with robots, danger, deceit, salt, death, mystery and history. Absolutely wonderful!