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Project Brain Drain

Series: Find Your Fate Junior - The Transformers #8
Authors: Siegel, Barbara
Siegel, Scott
Illustrator: Schmidt, William (Bill)
Release Date: September, 1986
ISBN: 0345333896 / 9780345333896
Length:73 pages
Number of Endings:14
User Summary: The Decepticons plan to zombify the audience of a huge rock concert using their latest evil invention, and it's up to the Autobots (and Sparkplug Witwicky) to stop them!
Demian's Thoughts: This is one of the few books in this series that I remember actually reading as a kid. I kind of liked it at the time, and I've attributed that enjoyment to youthful insanity up until this point. Now that I've read it again, though, I'd have to say that it's actually not too bad, which is particularly remarkable considering the quality of the rest of this series. Although it has the usual assortment of puns and cheesiness, it also has a joke or two that (gasp) actually work and a number of fairly exciting and clearly-written action sequences. This is all the more surprising considering that it's written by the authors responsible for the unspeakably bad Battle Drive. Anyway, what it comes down to is that if you have to read just one book from this series, this is the one least likely to damage your brain (despite anything the title might suggest).

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Fireguard's Thoughts: Despite being irked by this book's premise (the popular misconception about the untapped potential of the human brain), this is actually one of the better Find Your Fate books about the Transformers. For one thing, it marks the only appearance in the series of Wreck-Gar, easily one of the most memorable of all Transformers. A prominent appearance it is, too, not just one line uttered by a character whose name was picked randomly off a list. As Demian has said, the action sequences are also above average, though as usual it seems that when you encounter the Decepticons, every single one of them is there while you're stuck with only a handful of Autobots on your side.

If anything hurts the book, though, it's starting with a weak choice, and Project Brain Drain does. When he finds out about the Decepticons' plan, Sparkplug is faced with either trying to raise the Autobots on his homemade ham radio or driving to their hideout to tell them in person. That the Autobots wouldn't have given their closest allies the means to call them in case of trouble is pretty hard to believe.

Still and all, this is probably my second-favorite book in its particular niche of Find Your Fate. Fans of Transformers, the post-movie portion especially, would do well to read this one over the others.

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