Friday, 18 March 2011

8+: Code Lightfall and the Robot King - Daniel H Wilson

Release Date: 07/02/11


When young Code falls down a hole while following a mysterious robotic insect, he lands in a world that defies imagination. Everything in Mekhos is made from metal and circuitry, including the inhabitants. Code immediately sets out to find his way home, but first he'll have to cross Mekhos's bizarre and dangerous landscape to reach the Beam Stalk. There, the legendary Robonomicon - a guide to all robot wisdom - is being by the evil Immortalis, who has plans to destroy Mekhos and invade the human world above. Can Code free the Robonomicon, save the robots of Mekhos from impending doom ...and still get home in time to catch the bus from school? With its dazzling array of robots and futuristic gadgets, this rollicking story will hold special appeal for budding techno-lovers everywhere.


As a huge reader of the fantastical I’m always on the lookout for something new and interesting, so when this title landed I really had to give it a go. I mean, come on there’s a huge robot on the cover, it looks really cool and whilst I felt that its meant to be a representation of Gary, the hands are all wrong.

What unfurls within this title is a book of discovery, a story of adventure and a weird metallic symbiotic world of machinations where nature has taken a turn for the weird. It was cleverly written, the lead character is a ton of fun and I suppose that the best way to describe this is Alice in Wonderland/Never Ending Story with Robots. Add to this a whole host of vivid cast members, some loss as well as triumph and back it all up with an epic battle and you know tis going to hit the spot. It will be interesting to see what Daniel comes up with for Code’s next adventure.

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