Max Voltage

Planet Terror (Book 2)

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
183 Pages
Reviewed on 03/06/2022
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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

Max Voltage: Planet Terror (Book 2) by James Love is the energetic, entertaining sequel to Max Voltage: Multiverse Mayhem. The first offering has Max Voltage, a gamer who's eleven, and Stevie, his best friend, along with Lucinda and a supercomputer named M.U.M., maneuvering the not-so-reliable Cosmos II through unusual challenges in the Multiverse and being captured by Terrasaurs, but escaping when the supercomputer equips Max with new skills. This children's sci-fi fantasy adventure has Max and company traversing universes as Max looks for his long-lost father--a challenge in its own right--but the Overlord is after them, leaving demolished universes in his wake as he searches for everlasting life.

On Planet Terror, the ragtag group of friends is caught in holographic danger and faces the menacing Entertainer. It isn't just about playing the games; it's about surviving them. These menacing creatures are the stuff of horror comics and play for keeps, and could put an end to the only heroes who can save the day. Love begins this adventure with energy and real insight into what middle-grade readers like in a story. The author's style pulses with personality and never underestimates the intelligence of his young readers, and his characters are fun, quirky, and relatable. There is also a sense of humor that is appreciated, and the conflict propels this space adventure to a satisfying end. Neither the action nor the narrative linger too long--the pace will keep reluctant readers engaged until the end. I like that Max seems like a typical boy in some ways, but has big obstacles to overcome, which most young readers can relate to. He has a lot on his shoulders but is up for the challenge. His attitude is admirable, and the theme of friendship shines through the narrative. This is a crew of friends readers can cheer for. If you like fresh ideas in children's books, a good dose of danger, and a series to hook your imagination, Max Voltage: Planet Terror (Book 2) by James Love is a slam dunk.


Absolutely brilliant read. Whether you are into science fiction or just enjoy a good rip roaring storyline, this book is a roller coaster read of fun and mayhem. Am hooked and can't wait for the next instalment of Max's journey.