Wednesday 7 February 2024

Mirror Mirror - Barry Hutchinson - Generator Rex 2

Generator Rex Mirror Mirror
Generator Rex 2
Cartoon Network
ISBN 9781405261005
eISBN 9781780310947

This is the second of the Generator Rex books I have read by Barry Hutchison. When I reviewed the first I stated that I admit I knew nothing about Generator Rex when I picked this up. I only knew the author and figured it would be like his Space Team series but for a younger audience, boy was I wrong. It appears Generator Rex was a cartoon series on the Cartoon Network It appears to have ran from 2010-2013 and the two novels from Hutchison came out in 2011. I am uncertain if they are novelizations of plots from the 59 episodes or side stores. There also appear to be three early reader books and other novels or novelizations outside the two by Hutchison. There even appears to have been some crossover episodes with Ben 10 which I do recall, but do not think I ever watches.

The year before reading this I encountered the works of J.D. Kirk I also discovered that Kirk publishes children’s books as Barry Hutchison, and other adult fiction as Barry J. Hutchison. I have read 25 stories published under the Kirk Name and I am now branching out to the ones under the Hutchinson names, this is the 19th under that name. He has published over 200 books across the three pen names. If I had known that or I might not have picked up this first one. But I am very thankful I did. Friends call me a ‘completionist’ in that when I find an author I like, I try to read everything they have published. I have enjoyed all I have read from his pen and this one was no different.

A description of the TV Series states:

“Rex Salazar is a sixteen-year-old,[2] amnesiac EVO with the ability to grow weapons and machines out of his body at will. Prior to the Nanite Event, he was one of the initial recipients of a controlled batch of nanites. Unlike a majority of EVOs, Rex has control over his nanites and is the only known being capable of curing other EVOs. Since childhood, Rex was employed as a secret weapon for Providence, a global organization dedicated to protecting the world from rampaging EVOs.”

The description of this story is:

“When the fairground comes to town Rex is persuaded to check it out. But The Pack lays in wait for him in the Hall of Mirrors, and Breach opens a portal to an alternative kingdom, releasing mirror versions of The Pack! Are they all they seem to be?”

At the end of the book was an 8 question quiz to see how much you could recall from reading the book, a great tool for the classroom or parents reading with their children. The story runs at a swift pace. The first story was nonstop battles, this one is something very different. 4 Villains are sucked through a portal, and replaced with Mirror Versions. And as time goes on this mirror versions seem to be reverting to be like their counterparts from this realm. Can Rex and the team figure out what is happing in time, and can they help these people they like much more than the adversaries they normally face.

The characters are fun. The story intriguing even though it is written for a younger audience. It leaves you wanting the next volume, which alas was not written by Hutchison This one does have a preview of The Trade at the end in case you are reading them out of order.

This book marks the 44th offering from Hutchison I have read in the last year and a half, under the three names he publishes under. They have all been entertaining reads. Many an easy 5/5 stars, this a very solid 4. This story was an entertaining read. A good read from the pen of Barry Hutchison, aka Barry J. Hutchinson aka J.D. Kirk.  

Note: I had to track this down through a digital library loan in the UK, it was worth it. 

Generator Rex Books:
The Trade - Barry Hutchison
Mirror, Mirror - Barry Hutcison 
Evos and Heroes - Billy Wrecks

Generator Rex Leveled Readers:
Leader of the Pack - Jason Gots
Riddle of the Sphinx - Sebastian Belle
The Swarm - Billy Wrecks

Other Generator Rex Books:
Maximum Recharge! - Billy Wrecks
The Equestrian Adventures of Generator Rex
Generator Rex Coloring Book - Benjamin Simmons
Generator Rex Bumper Activity Book
Cartoon Network 2 in 1: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien/Generator Rex

Books by J.D. Kirk:

DCI Logan Series:

Robert Hoon Thrillers:

DI Heather Filson Series:

Contributed to:
Everyday Kindness: A Collection of Uplifting Tales to Brighten Your Day

Books as Barry J. Hutchison:
Dan Deadman Space Detective Series:

Space Team Series:
The Search for Splurt 
Song of the Space Siren 
The Guns of Nana Joan 
Return of the Dead Guy 
Planet of the Japes 
The Time Titan of Tomorrow 
The King of Space Must Die 
Sting of the Mustard Mines 
Sentienced to Death
The Hunt for Reduk Topa
A Lot of Weird Space Shizz: Collected Short Stories

Sidekicks Initiative Series:

The Bug Books Series:
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Complete Season One

Other Books:

Children’s books as Barry Hutchison:
Invisible Fiends Series:
The Crowmaster 
Doc Mortis 
The Beast 
The Darkest Corners 

The Missing Remote of the Apocalypse
The Book of Doom 

Benjamin Blank Series:

Beaky Malone Series:

Living Ted Series:
Revenge of the Living Ted
Invasion of the Living Ted

Spectre Collectors Series:
Too Ghoul for School
A New York Nightmare!

Other works:

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