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Publisher's Note:  

A young computer genius is chased by sleek, high-tech drones into a land populated by Godzilla-size dragons, setting off a war that only he can stop. Part Eragon, part Transformers, with a magical beating heart at its center.
 
Marcus Brimley was just four years old when his CIA analyst father went missing and the world branded him a traitor. Eight years later, searching for clues to find his father and prove his innocence, Marcus breaks a complex code that sends him shooting through a storm into an alternate realm . . . but he didn't travel alone. When Marcus lands in this new world, Dracone, he finds that he has been followed by government drones. And they're out to destroy Marcus and all of Dracone. 
 
While fleeing the drones, Marcus meets Dree, a 12-year-old Draconian girl who comes from a family of dragon riders. Dree explains to Marcus that while humans and dragons used to be friends, Dracone's new prime minister has turned them into enemies, with humans hunting dragons for sport and dragon-riding families like Dree's pushed to the poorer outskirts of the city. 

But the drones are firing on both the dragons and the people of Dracone. Soon, Marcus and Dree discover that they must get help from the dragons if they want to stop an all-out war that will leave the incredible realm of Dracone decimated.



This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Razorbill


Dragons vs Drones

by Wesley King

Review Date:
04/05/2016

Recommended Age:
9+

Overall Rating:
****

Profanity / Language Rating:

Violence / Gore Rating:
***

Sex / Nudity Rating:
*

Overall Review:  

Dree and Marcus are from different worlds. Literally.  But when those worlds start to overlap can they work together to stop the destruction before it is too late?

Two worlds collide in Dragons vs Drones, the first book in the Dragons vs Drones Series by Wesley King.  Dragons vs Drones is an exciting adventure in which King does a wonderful job of taking the two genres of high tech science and high fantasy and blending them seamlessly together to create something original.  Our two heroes, Dree and Marcus, while from very different worlds complement each other beautifully.  Each offers a unique personality that readers can grasp on to and easily relate to.

While it can be a little difficult to begin the journey, jumping between worlds and stories that are separate and seemingly unrelated, by the end the reader is fully engaged and left begging for the next book in the series.

Review of an Advance Reader's Copy


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Several references to a character dying in a fire; toy hits man in the head; character smashes game system; character falls off skateboard; implied tragedy concerning dragons and humans; reference to boy's mother dying; many references to dragon and humans killing each other, both past and present tense; dragons sit on bones; dragons try to kill young character and another dragon; young character sets off small explosive; character chased by drones; character is struck by lightning; several references to and scenes of drones attacking a city and killing people; several extended battle scenes; girl warns boy he might die; boy threatens to cut off girl's hand; boy and girl get into a brawl with several boys; group tries to convince dragons to fight drones; several references to being burned by touching dragons; several references to a destructive storm; girl punches boy; characters rescue people from a fire; man grabs at young girls arm; girl attacks man; character worries about being eaten; machine falls out of the sky; reference to a baby dragon being abandoned, nearly dying; girl works herself sick; characters throw spears at machine; dragon shot with an arrow; dragon threatens to kill humans; character thrown from machine; man threatens to kill girl and her family; man tells of how he injured another man severely; man shoots girl with taser; machine destroys building; boy and girl battle with soldiers; machine shot down; drones fire on group of people.

Sex/Nudity:  Boy and girl hold hands several times.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Death, government and societal changes, treason, race (dragons vs humans), technology, war, destruction, family, magic, guilt and blame, family.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

References to adults drinking.



Reviewed By Amberle
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