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I really loved the book! Can't wait for the rest!
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Revolution 19 by author Gregg Rosenblum was a novel that sounded
Revolution 19 takes place in the third person and looks at the lives of main characters Nick, Kevin and Cass who were part of a village that existed with only humans. In the year 2071, the artificial intelligence that humans used to defend ourselves in war ended up becoming intelligent enough to understand not only our violence but also how to protect us: By saving the human race from itself and dictating the existence of human life. Humans that resisted the robots’ new way of life were either killed… or worse and those who got away lived in secret villages just like the one that Nick, Kevin and Cass used to live in. When their village is detected by the robots they tried to protect themselves from, the village’s entire population is decimated and leaves the three siblings in the woods pondering the idea that their parents are still alive. A robot-ruled city is discovered and when the fact that the siblings parents are living inside of a rehabilitation center, the group comes up with a dangerous plan: Enter the city ruled by machines and steal their parents back or die trying.
The novel starts off with a flashback taking place when Cass, Nick and Kevin’s parents were fleeing from the robots. In that flashback, the novel immediately is given a fast pace and shows how menacing the robots can be. Three important things happen in the flashback 1) Nick and Kevin’s parents manage to flee from the city 2) They bring Cass with them 3) Cass’s parents are shot with the robots “lases” as a sort of payment for the others to escape. Not only was I staring at the next chapter thinking ‘Can anything top this?’ but also wondering what else could possibly happen in the future of the novel’s plot.
One thing that I really liked about Revolution 19 was the backstory behind the robot’s coming to power. Since the robots ruling over most of the surviving population was entirely humanity’s fault (too much violence = a bad time) I had a bit of a hard time understanding why the robots would be so angry or even concern themselves with helping us. They could easily just get rid of us all and repopulate the Earth with robots, but instead the novel gets into the ethics of the robots’ way of thinking and how treating humans like animals inside of a zoo was the best possible idea they could come up with. However, don’t go about thinking that the robots are the good guys in this story—stepping out of line means a painful rehabilitation system or execution.
I mentioned earlier that I had high expectations for the plot and that the flashback at the start of the novel set up a fast pace. Sadly, the novel didn’t have a consistency with maintaining that fast pace, but what really got to me was the robots characteristics. I liked their brains, but I didn’t like the way that they looked. I’ll admit that in my head I believed that these super-intelligent AI machines that managed to enslave humanity would be similar to a Terminator (cyborgs are cool too) and the robots in Revolution 19 aren’t as cool as those ones… one of the reasons being that they don’t have legs. They have wheels. Think Marvel Comic’s Ultron meets Wall-E.
I’d recommend Revolution 19 to readers who are looking for a sci-fi and any fans of dystopia that want to delve into a world ruled by creatures of our own making.
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The premise of this first in a series (trilogy?) was so appeali
The premise of this first in a series (trilogy?) was so appealing that I practically begged the publisher for the e-galley. It isn’t often we find good science fiction that centers on robots and, making it even more attractive to me, this one is young adult post-apocalyptic and dystopian.
Don’t get me started on the definitions of those two subgenres because the argument could go on endlessly. Suffice it to say that I distinguish between the two as follows: post-apocalyptic means that the world has changed drastically due to a wide-scale life-threatening event that can be a natural disaster, a massive war, a pandemic, an alien invasion, etc., while dystopian refers to the very undesirable controlled society that comes into existence following something that dramatically changes the world as we know it. The two can co-exist in the same story or the story can focus on one or the other but dystopia does not necessarily follow an apocalyptic event nor does such an event necessarily result in a dystopian society.
But I digress. The point I want to make is that Revolution 19 is certainly dystopian and seems to be post-apocalyptic but, in this first novel, we don’t really learn enough to be sure of that. That lack of worldbuilding is a big part of why I felt this book just did not reach its full potential. The other major difficulty I had was with the main characters. Put simply, I didn’t care much for any of them and didn’t find them or their actions very believable. They do really dumb things and I was wondering why they were so shallow and why the scenes changed so quickly, allowing no time or content that would allow the reader to come to know and understand these teens and their elders—and then I figured it out.
This story was created by an entertainment company and then developed into a novel and that is exactly why it doesn’t “feel” like the really good books of this sort—it reads like a movie or a TV show. There’s no depth to it and, thus, very little worldbuilding or character development. What a disappointment! Somebody had a great idea but…
Oh, and by the way, the central character is 17-year-old Nick and he is the one who is given a robotic eye so why is a girl featured on the cover?
I won’t say this is a terrible book because it isn’t; it’s just very weak. I think the next book could make up for a lot of this one’s shortcomings if the author will take to heart some of the things reviewers are saying. There are reasons the majority of those reviewers are not raving about what a wonderful book this is but the next book could save the series.
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