Synopses & Reviews
When young Code falls down a hole while following a mysterious robotic insect, he lands in a world that defies all imagination. Everything in Mekhos is made from metal and circuitry, including the citizens-who happen to be robots. To find his way home, Code must first cross Mekhos's bizarre and dangerous landscape to reach the Beam Stalk. There, an artifact known as the Robonomicon is being guarded by an evil ruler who has plans to destroy Mekhos. Can Code free the Robonomicon, save the robots of Mekhos from impending doom, and still get himself back to Earth in time to catch the school bus? With its dazzling array of robots and futuristic gadgetry, this rollicking story will hold special appeal for boys and budding sci-fi lovers everywhere.
"Wilson brings the expertise of his adult titles How to Survive a Robot Uprising and How to Build a Robot Army (and a Ph.D. in robotics) to his first middle-grade novel, a campy down-the-robot-hole adventure. Shy sixth-grader Code Lightfall is not a boy of action, but on a field trip, he falls down a hole in Mek Mound, an ancient Oklahoman pyramid where his grandfather disappeared a year earlier. Code finds himself lost in Mekhos, a metallic land of robots ('Mekhos makes no sense!' he complains. 'You robots are impossible. Everything is either too small to see or too big to figure out'). When Code discovers that his grandfather is being controlled by the evil Immortalis, who is holding captive the sacred Robonomicon, he teams up with friends Peep, a robot bug, and Gary, a crazed 'atomic slaughterbot,' and travels through treacherous territory to the Celestial City to prevent the destruction of the robot and human worlds. With a goofy sense of humor and plenty of action, Wilson presents a coming-of-age journey with shades of Alice in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Ages 8 12. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
From the popular author of "How to Survive a Robot Uprising" comes a novel bursting with robotic twists and turns. When young Code falls down a hole while following a mysterious robotic insect, he lands in a world that defies all imagination.
When Code falls down a hole while following a mysterious robotic insect, he lands in a world that defies all imagination. Everything in Mekhos is made from metal and circuitry, including the citizens, who just happen to be robots. To find his way home, Code must venture to the Beam Stalk where a powerful artifact is being protected by an evil ruler. Can Code save the robots from impending doom and still get himself back to Earth in time for the school bus?
About the Author
DANIEL H. WILSON is an engineer who earned his PhD in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the author of Bro-Jitsu, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack? and How to Build a Robot Army. He lives in Oregon with his wife and daughter, and blogs regularly at www.danielhwilson.com