Tin Universe Middle Grade Series #1 by Brian C. Williams
Publisher: System Publishing
Genre: Middle Grade, Suspense/Mystery, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (42 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Someone is zombifying athletes at Clear Cut High School in Utah. Lucky the school has its own young superhero in the person of Mildred Betbeze to try and figure out what’s going on. Pep rallies, cheerleaders, new kids in the neighborhood are just some of things our hero and her sidekick slash best friend Aisha have to deal with in the first book in Tin Universe’s new middle grade series.
There’s more to high school than studying or watching football games.
What I liked the most about the dialogue was how much it sounded like the kinds of conversations I’ve had with old friends. The characters knew each other so well that they could have finished each other’s sentences at certain points. Seeing how quickly their minds worked and how tuned in they were to their friends’ minds made me eager to read more.
The narrator spent a lot of time telling the audience what was happening instead of showing it to us. I would have loved to have more details about how the scenes played out and what the characters were feeling during the tense moments. The premise grabbed my attention the first time I noticed it, so I was a bit disappointed to find that the storyline didn’t have the same affect on me because of how disconnected I felt from the characters’ adventures.
I was fascinated by how the science fiction elements of this story worked. They were kind of complicated, so I was glad that Mr. Williams gave them as much attention as he did. All of those extra details helped me to understand why certain things were happening as well as to make some smart guesses about what might happen next in the plot.
There were multiple grammar and punctuation errors. The long sentences that overused commas gave me the most trouble. Some of them strung so many different ideas together that I had to reread them a few times before I could understand what the author was trying to say.
Mildred and Aisha’s friendship was so sweet. I liked seeing them work together as a team to fight off the undead. They really seemed to enjoy hanging out together, and they were also good at looking out for each other when either one was in danger. This is exactly how I’d expect best friends to act!
Tin Universe Middle Grade Series #1 should be read by anyone who loves zombie tales.