Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hichs
First Second, 2013
Audience: All Teens
You wouldn’t expect Nate and Charlie to be friends. Charlie’s the laid-back captain of the basketball team, and Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. But they are friends, however unlikely—until Nate declares war on the cheerleaders. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms—but not both.
It's only going to get worse: after both parties are stripped of their funding on grounds of abominable misbehavior, Nate enrolls the club's robot in a battlebot competition in a desperate bid for prize money. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving to illicitly enter a televised robot death match? Of course!
In Faith Erin Hicks' and Prudence Shen's world of high school class warfare and robot death matches, Nothing can possibly go wrong.
I'm not a science girl. I just don't find it as interesting as other subjects and my brain doesn't work that way. So I never would have expected to like a book about a robotics competition as much as I did. Nate and Charlie are an odd pair, but for some reason, they work well together. They enter the competition to raise money for the robotics group and the cheerleaders. There's a lot of side-plots also, and I really enjoyed the characters and the plot.
I read reviews on Goodreads saying that this wasn't the author's best work, so I'm going to try the others and see how I like them. I'm looking forward to it!