Friday, October 26, 2012

Mech Mice: Genesis Strike

Mech Mice: Genesis Strike, Christopher Miller, Alan Miller, Spearhead Books, Adventure, February 5, 2012, 350 pages.

Synopsis: Survival of the fittest takes on new meaning in this action packed adventure series about a remarkable colony of mice.

Long ago, the creatures of Megiddo struggled for survival, forced to burrow in order to escape the harsh landscape and savage beasts who roamed the surface. But all of this changed when a colony of mice happened upon a mysterious shard from a fallen star buried deep underground. This "blessing from the sky" forever changed the mice's fate, granting them long life and advanced knowledge.

In time, more shards were discovered by the colony further enhancing their strength and abilities. They became Mech Mice, guardians of good and protectors of innocent creatures everywhere.

Today, the Great Colony flourishes but there are some who wish to control the shards and use their power for a darker purpose. Only the Mech Mice stand between the forces of evil who seek to rule Megiddo with an iron paw.

My thoughts: It is quite evident that the Miller Brothers have received inspiration from the legendary Brian Jacques, with similar morals (e.g. chivalry) and conflicts, but they don't cover the same ground. For one, the mice of Redwall take a liking to a medieval setting, while the mice of Megiddo have a largely tech-reliant force. A more important difference is that (if more volumes are written) the series may be more unified, and linear. While Redwall's stories were all in the same story world, and featured many of the same characters, they were mostly independent of each other. Mech Mice looks to possibly host a more contemporary style of volumes. I would like to see them follow Mr. Jacques' steps, though.

Drawing from my reading of their first Hunter Brown installment, I was predicting the series to be more corny than it turned out to be, and that pleased me, for the first half. Although, reading into the second part, the quality sadly dimmed. While the evil character took me half by surprise, Streak's reconciling with two particular characters was performed in the blink of an eye. There wasn't any gradient, as it were, and there definitely needed to be.

Mech Mice is safe for all ages, in my opinion. Kids, teens, and adults will likely all enjoy it, and it is setting up well for what looks to be a popular game.

*this book was provided free by the authors. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.*

My rating: 3.5

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