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Mad Science Institute [Kindle Edition]

Sechin Tower
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sophia “Soap” Lazarcheck is a girl genius with a knack for making robots—and for making robots explode. After her talents earn her admission into a secretive university institute, she is swiftly drawn into a conspiracy more than a century in the making. Meanwhile and without her knowledge, her cousin Dean wages a two-fisted war of vengeance against a villainous genius and his unwashed minions. Separately, the cousins must pit themselves against murderous thugs, experimental weaponry, lizard monsters, and a nefarious doomsday device. When their paths finally meet up, they will need to risk everything to prevent a mysterious technology from bringing civilization to a sudden and very messy end.

For fans of Scott Westerfeld, Orson Scott Card, and Neal Stephenson.


Editorial Reviews

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"A clever blend of science, suspense, and wry humor, Mad Science Institute is brilliant fun! Sechin Tower brings captivating charm to Young Adult fiction in an entertaining series for boys and girls. Highly recommend!" ~Jordan Dane - Critically acclaimed Bestselling Author of THE HUNTED series, Harlequin Teen

"I found myself unable to put down the Kindle" -Dwayne Russel, Dwayne Russel's blog

"A book we would definitely read again" -Danielle Mathieson Pederson, Peacock Flock Book Review

About the Author

Sechin Tower is a writer, teacher, and game designer living in Seattle, Washington. Visit his website at SechinTower.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 670 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Siege Tower Entertainment; 1.2 edition (December 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KGNKMS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, engaging read December 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book caught my interest with the first sentence, and didn't release it. I found myself thinking "I'll stop reading after this chapter ends," for multiple chapters in a row.

The characters were interesting, and the mysteries well done. The obvious villains were a good carrier for the story, and I kept finding a new awful person to hope was really the one behind it all who would get it in the end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A YA Sci-Fi Adventure April 13, 2013
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I like the idea of this book -- a YA story premised on science rather than magic, with smart, young adult heroes, passionate about learning and discovery who find themselves in an environment where they can pursue their interests. It reminded me a bit of another book I read and reviewed not long ago, Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks. There should be more stories in settings like this.

The plot of this one is the classic `good guys versus bad guys bent on taking over the world.' The pacing is good, with discoveries and events leading incrementally to a satisfying and logical conclusion.

I was less taken with the characters.

The star of the story, Sophia "Soap" Lazarcheck, is a 16-year-old science geek, brilliant but socially awkward. Her ability to invent and build truly amazing gizmos is offset by a lack of appreciation for how these inventions might go wrong. Explosions and fires tend to be the result. For the most part, I found her an endearing character, but my ability to suspend disbelief was breached in her first encounter with the antagonist. She was far too trusting of this mysterious and clearly untrustworthy voice on the phone, and I could not accept how easily she sold him the key code for her new, and otherwise impregnable, school.

Her cousin, Dean, is the character that most failed for me. He plays the part of the well-muscled and well-intentioned but intellectually uncomplicated knight in shining armor. He's not quite dimwitted enough to be a comic character, but I found him far too simple to be either likeable or believable in his role in this story.

The mysterious antagonist, always in the background and pulling the strings of his minions, is a recognizable James Bond type villain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soap Lazarcheck is my hero June 1, 2012
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I have to admit, I really like this book. Sophia "Soap" Lazarcheck is geeky, clumsy and socially-awkward, but has the brains to create world-changing machines. She finds herself a pawn to a madman called "The Professor" and a member of a secret college where kid-geniuses rule. She has to overcome all her fears, the least of which is a germ-covered wad of gum(one of my favorite scenes for some reason), to stop the Professor from doing massive damage to life on Earth. In the midst of it all, she has no idea who can be trusted. Mad Science Institute is a blast to read and I look forward to more in this series. Soap Lazarcheck is my hero!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Nice YA Book December 18, 2012
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This book provided some nice light reading for me. While the characters and the plot line are interesting I do not feel we were given enough supporting details to really buy into the child genius character or the plot of the book. This is probably a very nice youth book, I think that my 13 year old son will enjoy it much more though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully entertaining July 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
(cross-posted from the blog Wading Through Electronic Ink)

The Plot

Sophia "Soap" Lazarchek wanted to go to MIT, and she might have gotten in, too, if her science projects had less of a tendency to go explosively awry. But after her latest experiment fried the cell phones of everyone at the science fair, she could pretty much count out a scholarship to any respectable school. So when the Mechanical Science Institute at Langdon University, Minnesota, offers her a full scholarship, she jumps at the chance. But she is about to find out that getting an education might be more dangerous than she would have ever thought.

The Good

I enjoyed Mad Science Institute a great deal, even though it is not the kind of book I usually read. It is definitely more sci-fi than paranormal/fantasy, and there is more in the way of action and explosions than character development. Which is not to say that the characters are not interesting, because all of them are, from our heroes Soap and Dean to science students Victor and Nikki to the minor characters like Soap's girlie roommate Hannah. There are quite a few of them to keep track of, and keeping in mind who knows what and who is good or evil at any given time keeps readers on their toes.

In spite of being an action-adventure book, Mad Science Institute managed to have a number of cerebral ideas as well. The characters had a number of discussions about the relative merits of brain vs. brawn, which played out in various aspects of the story. Similarly, there were demonstrations of the relative benefits and disadvantages of being book-smart rather than people smart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking good time April 29, 2012
By Kaila
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was really enjoyable to read. It's a little cliched, but not so much that it's not enjoyable. The characters are simple, but genuine. You care about them, and Soap is a LOT of fun to read. Story is a little simple, but it has lots of delicious details that make you grin while you read it.

It's sweet, funny, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I can't wait to read more!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars very well paced tale
For any updates though: fiancé - the man a woman is engaged to marry. Fiancée - the woman a man is engaged to marry. In a book that emphasizes brains over brawn....
Published 2 months ago by sleepy red panda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery with some science thrown in
The mad science institute was very interesting. The science portion was well thought out. The plot kept me reading so I could find out what happened next in this crazy science... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars First Suspend Your ...
Unlikely, improbable, impossible, etc. etc. etc. All of these terms apply to the plot, characters and science offered in this story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars fun book
I just loved this book. It had a quick pace, likable characters, and a plot that keeps you guessing. Who could ask for more?
Published 6 months ago by N in maine
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, but ...
I read it. Start to finish, but mostly out of hard-headedness and being stubborn. I enjoyed the SciFi and Tesla references, but truthfully thot the story line was juvenile. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve Walter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
First off this book is a great read for the YA crowd. Soap the 16 year old genius main character of this book can't seem to get out of the way of trouble. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny And Interesting
Very funny book. Enjoyed it a lot. I would read more by this author. Found it to be interesting and entertaining. I would recommend others to read it.
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Organized Chaos and I loved it!
This book was well organized, humorous and extremely well written so that readers of all ages could hang on for the ride. Read more
Published 6 months ago by EscapeArtist
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and fun
Such a fun read. All the characters were engaging and entertaining. If there were more I would read them too, but this stands alone fantastically
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book
I found this a enjoyable read. Looking forward to reading more in the series. I would recommend this to others.
Published 7 months ago by Thomas Murphy
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Sechin Tower (SechinTower.com) is a writer, game designer, and teacher. He began work for Exile Game Studio in 2006 as editor of the Hollow Earth Expedition RPG and went on to become the chief contributor to the award-winning supplements Secrets of the Surface World and Mysteries of the Hollow Earth. He lives in the Seattle, Washington area with his beautiful wife and adoring cat. In his spare time, he prepares for the zombie apocalypse by running obstacle courses and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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