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This is War

(Cats vs. Robots #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  35 reviews
The Robot Federation and the Feline Empire have been at war for eons. And now that fight is coming to a tiny primitive planetoid…Earth. The mission for both cats and robots: retrieve the Singularity Chip. With it, cats can live past their nine lives, and robots are granted eternal battery life.

Meanwhile, twin siblings Max and Min Wengrod are as different as can be. Min alw
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Mikey Golczynski
Dec 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Thinly veiled attempt to preach about gender identity.
Cynthia Parkhill
Cats vs. Robots -- This Is War is a delightful and entertaining read. It's the first book in a new children's book series by Margaret Stohl and Lewis Peterson.

The story centers around two galactic empires that consist of seemingly polar opposites -- the Robots, or "Binars," obsessed with order and rules, and the Cats, for whom rules are "generally meant to be followed--but only if you felt like it."

These civilizations' epic battle is now coming to Earth, where humans have invented a "Singularity
Pattie Babbitt
Adorable! Pounce de Leon for a cat name...purrfection. 😸
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids ages 8-12
Recommended to Mrs Mommy Booknerd by: Review Copy Provided
#FirstLine ~ Pounce de Leon, second in command and Major Meow-Domo of the great feline Empire, padded toward the entrance of the Grand Throne Room.

Booknerd Braden's Review:
I really liked this book. It was funny and I laughed lots of times. The story line was original and well thought out. My favorite character was Tipsy the robot. The Protos were also very interesting. Normally, I am not a cat fan, but this book put of fun spin on cats because it is about a galactic war between the Feline Empire
Becky B
There is a long, ongoing battle between the Robot Federation and the Feline Empire. When both groups get wind of a chip created on a planet called Earth that promises eternal life and an unending battery charge, both groups mobilize to claim the chip as their own. A tech-savvy family who design robots and programming, have a neighbor with a cat, and are completely unaware of the existence of the Robot Federation or the Feline Empire will find themselves right in the middle of this race.

Sounds li
Valerie McEnroe
Feb 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Was there a more ridiculous plot in 2018 than this one? A mom and dad team of robot inventors have created a computer chip that extends life. Doesn't matter if it's a living thing or a nonliving thing. 9 lives not enough? No problem. This chip will give cats as many lives as they want. Robots constantly needing to be recharged at the most inopportune time? No problem. They won't need to plug in anymore. But see...the galaxy is huge. There's all kinds of federations out there. At least I assume t ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dear Bumbles of all ages.... I’m about to introduce you to a new rollicking good time of a middle grade novel! “Cats Vs. Robots... This Is War,” by Margaret Stohl and Lewis Peterson is just soooo much fun! Had you any idea that a Great War is being fought on the sly in front of our faces? Me either. Who will win? The cats or the robots? I’m not spoiling it for you! Secret federations and spying abound in this attention grabbing novel! I absolutely recommend this delightful book for middle age an ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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Amy Navarre
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this free Advanced Readers Copy from the 2018 ALA Conference. This review contains my honest opinion.
I feel this book is appropriate for the recommended ages of 8-12 or middle grades 3-7. The premise is very interesting: Cats and Robots waging an intergalactic war. The robot side could be frightening, but in this book it is handled with care. This book provides a great opportunity for children to explore two sides to the same conflict, not only with the Cat/Robot War but also with sib
Tim Gordon
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Listened to this one as a family as we were going on a road trip. And and it was decent. A fun little story with some good cat names. It was definitely enjoyable enough of a story.

Though there is one part where we take a break from the narrative so the author can get in some moral posturing. It's pretty annoying. I hate when my fiction preaches to me. I'm fine with having a diverse cast of characters, but it didn't have to break to explain why the author is so great to include a non-binary chara
Ta'Neisha Kemp
Jul 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
The initial description of twins children that have a love of cats and robots creating a fun world full of extraordinary options sounds good. They embark on a fantasy journey after finding two kittens. After a few twists, their cousin is introduced and a whole chapter is dedicated to exploring his choice of not being labeled. That theme introduction is then carried throughout the remainder of the book. Again the initial idea was good but carrying that information throughout the book was complete ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cats, middle-grade
Well, this was an unexpected treasure! Not only does it feature two of my favorite things in the universe (cats and robots), it also features three of my favorite things on planet Earth (NASA's high school summer internships, surprise nonbinary representation, and a sibling rivals-to-allies subplot). It's funny, it's accessible, it's science VS art that becomes science AND art, and it's a book I've already recommended to all of the ten-year-olds in my life. Which is quite a few. Apologies, ten y ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I preface this review by stating that I received this book for free as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

I think this novel will have appeal for more than just its middle grade audience. As a fan of cats and having read almost all of the Beautiful Creatures books (co-authored by Stohl), I was curious about this series starter. Yes, this book does have lots of cats, but it's also humorous and heartfelt. There are many puns to be found that the intended audience may or may not get, but adult readers su
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's all in the title, exactly what it sounds like and more. There has been a war between the Feline Empire and Robot Federation for millennia. Both forces learn that a chip on planet Earth has been invented that has the power to either prolong a cat's nine lives, or give robots the power of an eternal battery. This adventure-packed novel will have you laughing at the cat traits we all know so well, as well as pondering how human robots are capable of being. I'm purr-fectly pleased and eager for ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun story that has multiple view points, humor, potty jokes, and some STEAM concepts thrown in for good measure.
This is the first is as series and I think it will appeal to many of my students.

DRC from Edelweiss and Harper Collins
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this author! This book was just the amount of silly that I needed to take a break from the serious stuff I had been reading. It was a great book that my husband and I listened to as we did a home improvement project. Cant wait to see how this series turns out.
Mary Hale
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
I have no idea how I feel about this book. It wasn't boring but it wasn't gripping. I read it in just a few sittings but was not excited when I picked it back up. A perfectly mediocre book for me. I think its target age would enjoy it more. ...more
Nicole Wagner
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
A really cute chapter book. I'd pick up the second one if it was already written. ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
ARC from publisher
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun enough for middle-grade readers. Creative concept. This is one of those series that kids will check out frequently.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
I hoped for a lot more from this book. The writing drove me crazy, and all the different perspectives were very hard to follow.
Amy Arnold
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I am nearly 50 years old, but I still appreciated the punny humor of this book.
Michelle Pulignani
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great reading.
Kari Ramadorai
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's definitely a readership out there. ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A very fun middle-grade!
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super funny, probably an excellent read-aloud
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Goofy fun! With some heartfelt moments
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, j, not-graphic, sci-fi
Tries to be a bit too much of everything with it's big cast of characters with shifting perspectives and serious moments mixed in with the silly, but lots of humor and fun. ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Interesting take on the children's sci-fi realm. Enjoyed that the authors did not conform to gender norms with an non-binary character and by making the brother the empathetic and caring sibling and the sister the science focused. ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
You know I'm Team Cat all the way! A cute MG series start, with a thought-provoking ending: how intrusive are the devices we install in our houses (like Alexa and Nest). Min and Max have real feeling sibling relationship, adding to the charm of the book. ...more
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Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times, PW, USA Today, LA Times and Internationally bestselling co-author or author of twelve books, including the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES NOVELS, the DANGEROUS CREATURES NOVELS, the ICONS NOVELS, MARVEL'S BLACK WIDOW NOVELS, ROYCE ROLLS & CATS VS ROBOTS THIS IS WAR (forthcoming!) She writes the MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL comic for Marvel Comics (ongoing) and has contribute ...more

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