by Scott Bly
The Blue Sky Press, 2014. 252 pages.
Charlie, a magician's apprentice from the Renaissance era, and Geneva, a time-traveling bionic girl from the future, team up to stop corporate giant Gramercy Foxx from taking over the world. They have to combine their skills in magic and technology to figure out how to stop Foxx's upcoming product, The Future, before it is released to the public.
Bly tells the story through the perspective of many different characters. Getting to know the characters in this way gives the story meaningful depth. The protagonists, antagonists, and neutral characters are all captivating and well written.
Smasher is action packed and fast paced. There is no neat and tidy exposition as Charlie is entangled in conflict from the first page. However, once you get into it, it is hard to put down. Boys and girls ages 8-12 who like action packed stories will love this one. It is also a great introduction to science fiction.