Title: Scrap City
Author: D. S. Thornton
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Publication Date: October 1, 2015
Scrap City was such a cute and fun read! Very creative too. It was so hard not to enjoy. The book does boast a good 345 pages, so it may seem a little daunting to some young readers. However, I think that once they get into the story they will find themselves so immersed that they will barely come up for air until they are finished!
So what is Scrap City about? It is about a young boy, Jerome, who stumbles upon something very interesting while in the scrap yard on the outskirts of his town. While he is there, he finds a young boy, but he is no ordinary boy... The boy, named Arkie, is a boy made up up spare parts and other mechanical things! Arkie is a robot!
However, Arkie is no normal robot. He is truly alive and has a whole new world to show to Jerome. A world that is in danger. A world that his father is unknowingly trying to help destroy. Of course Jerome cannot let that happen and finds himself trying to help Arkie save his world.
This book, despite being meant for a middle grade aged child, has quite a bit to it. There is loss, deception, family concerns, etc. But it is still kept mostly light hearted and fun.
And the characters, they are fun too. Especially Arkie. You can tell he is only a young little robot, maybe the equivalent to a 5 year old or so. It is rather endearing to watch Jerome and Arkie's relationship grow as we also get to watch Jerome's character grow.
All of the world building was also very clever. I thought a lot of the backstory about the Native Americans in that part was very intriguing and well thought out. Well, really a lot of it was very thought out and rather clever. All of Arkie's world was just so amazing to read about, it really makes you wish you could go there!
I guess it is a little obvious from what I have said that I really enjoyed reading this book. Sadly, the book appears to be a standalone. I wouldn't mind at all visiting this world again and experiencing another adventure with Jerome and Arkie!
This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.