Review Blog

Jul 13 2016

A toaster on Mars by Darrell Pitt

cover image

Text, 2016. ISBN 9781922182869
(Age: Upper Primary, Junior secondary) It's a future world, the 26th Century, suffering from pollution, 'and not enough people using deodorant'. There are robots aplenty, cyborgs and varied creatures from other planets.
It is 'home, sweet home' to Blake Carter, a law-enforcement officer, searching for evil mastermind, Bartholomew Badde, who threatens the world with a stolen Super-EMP, a fearsome weapon. While investigating Badde's whereabouts, Blake is attacked and hospitalised. Bad news continues: he is forced to accept a cyborg (the toaster of the title) for a partner, he is taken off the case and his daughter, Lisa, is kidnapped by Badde.
As ransom for Blake's daughter, Badde demands that Blake obtain for him, the top-secret computer virus, called Maria. It can crack any firewall and scramble any operating system within minutes. To force Blake's hand, Badde threatens Lisa with insidious torture - watching reruns of the Brady Bunch.
His ex-wife, Astrid, joins Blake and Nikki Steel, the cyborg, as they try to break in to GADO, to locate Maria. Their adventures include eluding a mutant, rampaging cheese sandwich, the result of radioactive waste, a cannibal who threatens to eat them and a group of Elvis clones, trapped in an inter-dimensional pocket in space.
Despite Blake's best efforts to capture Badde, he escapes yet again to cause more havoc in a sequel.
Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students who appreciate the ridiculous will enjoy this fast paced book with its zany sense of humour. There is nothing subtle about the irony in the novel, which creates many laugh-out-loud moments.
Thelma Harvey

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2018
National Book Award winners 2017
Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards 2017
YABBA Awards 2017
Teens' top 10
2017 Man Booker Prize
Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature 2017 winners
2017 Children's Peace Literature Award Short List
Inkys Awards 2017
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Queensland Literary Awards 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates