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Set in an experimental community on Mars in the year 2039, The Robot Wars series features 14-year-old virtual reality specialist Tyce Sanders. Life on the red planet is not always easy, but it is definitely exciting. Tyce finds that the mysteries of the planet point to his greatest discovery--a new relationship with God. He talks about his growing faith and curiosity in a ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 23rd 2009 by Tyndale Kids (first published January 9th 2009)
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Alisha L.
In Robot Wars, Book #1: Death Trap, we are introduced to 14 year old Tyce, the first - and so far only - kid to be born and to live in an experimental community on Mars in 2039. Due to a spinal injury that happened when he was a baby, Tyce is disabled (his legs are crippled) and he uses a wheelchair. He longs to go outside the dome that they live in on mars and actually see what the real Mars is like rather than seeing it through a virtual reality program, but he can’t due to having to use his w ...more
Ruth Sophia
Engaging book - hard to put down

While the Robot Wars title is groan worthy (really, you're going to be THAT obvious about trying to hook Star Wars fans??) this first book, Death Trap, is very good. The story is engaging and kept me turning the pages to see what happens next.The end of the book definitively made me want to go find the next in the series to keep reading. Well written, and scientifically informative - without being boring or getting bogged down. I thought how the author made it cle
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Renn Shearin
Robot Wars is a repackaged and updated version of Mars Diaries. There are now five books in the series; each book contains two stories. These new books contain a foreword about how far science has brought us.

Death Trap by Sigmund Brouwer was an interesting young adult novel that stretched the mind with living on another planet with potential aliens about. I was intrigued both by the plot line and the robot suits that Tyce created for himself which were controlled both by using the mind and the
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Dawn
Tyce Sanders is like most kids. He's got interests like robots, and has a wonderful mom. The biggest difference is that he lives on Mars. Tyce keeps a journal of his adventures. The first journal details the lack of oxygen and the plans taken to figure out a way to save as many of the community as possible. The second journal details the adventures in finding some aliens.

I really wasn't to expect when I started this book. Yet as I got into it, I soon found myself captivated with Tyce and his adv
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Louise Pearson
This is a great science fiction story about a boy born on Mars who lives with a group of scientists including his mother on Mars. Because he was injured in birth on Mars, he goes everywhere in a wheelchair. The people on Mars are brought oxygen tanks from earth on a regular basis. Then it seems that the colonists will run out of oxygen tanks before the next shipment of air tanks arrives from earth. One of their leaders decided that some people should give up their need for oxygen so that others ...more
Kris
What a fun and fascinating book! I loved it and really want to read more. The year is 2039 and Tyce is a 14 year old boy who was born on the planet Mars and has spent his entire life there with the first 200 settlers. He is the only child. Unfortunately he can’t move his legs and gets around in a wheelchair but he has learned to use a robot to get around as well. Science fiction but seems completely plausible and I loved how Tyce’s mom keeps pointing to God and how when you know science you logi ...more
Elizabeth
Death Trap was an exciting Science Fiction read that is sure to captivate teen readers. The story takes place during 2039 on Mars in an experimental colony. The main character is a 14 year old boy named Tyce Sanders who happens to be the first child born on the planet and uses a wheelchair. Like all teens, Tyce goes through hardships and has many questions, especially about his mother’s faith in God. In this book, there are two separate stories that I found were entertaining enough to keep an ad ...more
Anne Gooch
We met Tyce who is 14 years old that is in a wheelchair and on Mars. Tyce who comes to God grows in faith.

This was my first Science fiction book and I was really surprised on how great it was. Even with it being YA it kept my attention and I wanted to find out what was going to happen. I will be looking for me books by this author.

Thanks Tyndale House for making this one of the Summer Reading books because I may have never read this book if you hadn't put it on your list. Now I am a fan of Chri
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Ellen
I received this book from my nephew as a Christmas present and I was quickly impressed by it. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much. Sci-fi books for children are rare. Christian sci-fi is more so. Christian sci-fi for children is almost unheard of. Add to that, I had heard that this was a reprint, so I had no idea how old the original stories were. Despite being a reprint, the sci-fi did not feel dated, as some so easily are when technology changes so rapidly.

I enjoyed meeting Tyce, first child
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Andrew
Tyce is like no other kid. He lives and was born of Mars. He lives inside this dome on the surface of Mars. When everyone starts to feel tired, Rawling investigates the oxygen levels, and figures out that they are much lower than they should be. With the oxygen levels dropping, Tyce's mom tells him a secret that she hadn't planned on telling him until he was 18. But right now it's not looking like he will reach the age of 18, so she decides to tell him now. When he was one, just a little tiny ba ...more
Denae
These books are the reprints of the Mars Diaries, how could I not be ecstatic?
I honestly did not know how much I liked to read until I discovered Oxygen Level Zero at Christmas 2001 or 2002. That was also when I found out that people could read books more than once. I gobbled those books up. I have now read them 7 times through.
There have been a few minor changes in the Robot Wars from the Mars Diaries, but the biggest is making ten books into five, combining two "diaries" into one novel. This w
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Amy
Death Trap is an interesting sci fi book. I loved Tyce, the first to be born on Mars. He was such a bright teenager. I loved how the author used his imagination on how life would be like living on Mars in the future. I found the book to be funny at times. A great book for middle schoolers. 5 stars.
Jason
In the beginning, Tyce is on a computer program simulation training when a dust storm is going to the dome while they are coming back from a mission. There's a revolt in the group because of shelter. Only one of them has 10 hours of oxygen which means somebody would die if they were on low ground (they would need to be on high ground to set up the tent. One of the scientists hits Tyce with a rock and the computer program is over. He sits in a wheel chair unable to walk. In this book, when there ...more
Liz
Death Trap by Sigmund Brouwer is an enjoyable book that is 2-stories-in-one. The plot takes many twists & turns. The characters face realistic dilemmas. The main character wrestle with the divide between science & religion and find a good balance.
Casuarina Pearson
Great series for pre-teens, especially those thinking about Christianity and/or their relationship with God. Stimulates so many discussions and prompts a lot of questions. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommended
Marie
Excellent story about a young boy growing up on a Mars Colony. I really enjoyed this book and plan on sharing it with my youngest.
Jamie Smith
Intriguing story about what the future could hold if people start living on Mars. Great book for anyone who likes sci-fi thrillers. Great for older kids as well as adults.
Henry McLaughlin
Very good YA series. Characters are engaging and believable. Story world is very well done
Cindy Winder delong
I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down once I started it. I am not a science fiction fan and I have never read anything like this before, but I would definitely read another Sigmund Brouwer book! I loved the point of view being from a young teen. I enjoyed not having to wade through a lot of details to get to the action. I really don't care what people are wearing, what color hair they have, or the color of the floor and walls. Brouwer knew the reader didn't care and only focused ...more
Joel
4.5 stars
John
This is a short book, which is actually two shorter stories. Tyce is the only kid in the Mars dome of scientists, and he is also in a wheelchair. The majority of the action in this book comes to looking at the issues of abuse of power by those in authority or the existence of God. The book was OK, but not great. And I was particularly annoyed by (view spoiler)
Joshua Williams
This was a book club book and I love it. Kind of hints the 5 stars. The story about this boy with a disability and being the first kid on mars. The way Sigmund Brower also incoorperated the torn feeling that he feels, the longing for his father, and the struggle of becoming a christian. If you are thinking bout reading this series, you should definantly o it. The last one is the best and it only gets better throughout the series.
Rachel
A really good series that's sci-fi, christian, and for young adults. I like how the characters use science to prove their is a God. But, I think the writing is too simple for the age group it is meant for. Also, the government issues in the book are fine for the age group the books are writen for but would be lost on a younger age group who wouldn't have the trouble of the simple writing. All in all, it is a good series.
Sundararaman R
The book has a pretty good setting introduced gradually, and the story is simple yet effective. Intended towards a young adult audience, so doesn't have very deep or complex characters, but the book is good at what it does, provides good entertainment.
Derek Tylor
This series was absolutely incredible! I'm a complete sci-fi geek and this series definitely caught my attention. You actually feel like you are in the book. You get so caught up in it that before you know it three to four hours have blown by.
Jonathan B
Great book for kids to read themselves or for the adult to read a chapter and then have the kid read a chapter back to you. The chapters are short and the writing style simple. I didn't care much for the book, but my nephew likes it a lot.
Sarah
Jul 08, 2010 Sarah marked it as to-read
An inspirational science fiction tale, sort of Star Wars with religion.
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Sigmund is married to songwriter recording artist Cindy Morgan. The couple and their two young daughters divide their time between Red Deer, Alberta and Nashville, Tennessee. He loves going to schools to get kids excited about reading, reaching roughly 80,000 students a year through his Rock&Roll Literacy Show.
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