Parents' Guide to

The Doom Machine

By Abby Aldrich, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun characters pepper save-the-world-from-aliens adventure.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Seemed like a sequel, but it isn't

The only thing I found strange about it is that it had the feeling of being a sequel to another book — to name just one example, Uncle Bud's backstory seemed more interesting than the present story, yet only barely described. My son and I assumed it was a sequel but kept reading and resolved to go find the original later. Was surprised to find out there was no first book.

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Is It Any Good?

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The Doom Machine is a fun adventure with plenty of eccentric characters, both human and alien. Though often funny, it's a complex story with many layers and a huge cast of supporting characters to go with the richly drawn main characters. Young girls will enjoy seeing many strong, smart females as important characters. Some kids might find it a bit hard to follow, but sci-fi fans will find it an entertaining, worthwhile read. Mark Teague's illustrations are beautiful and they add an element of depth and reality to the otherworldly characters and terrains.

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