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Stop telling everyone what happens
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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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Posted January 2, 2013
A unique blend of YA Dystopic and Tech wound into a litereary adventure
Revolution 19 is a fantastic debut by Gregg Rosenblum. Not only is the cover awesome, but the story was unique, and even better than I had imagined. This was an easy read, and very easily draws the reader into the story-line.
A Robot Revolution erupted twenty years ago. The designed bots that were designed to fight the wars. These bots became so advanced and in the process began taking over the very people who relied on them. Survivors captured were taken to the city, and others that had escaped lived out in the wilderness. There were Freeposts set up where survivors lived. It was like their make-shift community. Using scavaged goods, (pre-Revolution) they created shelters and other facilities.
Kevin, Nick and Cass were siblings among this specific Freepost, and on a "school" lesson, a tech piece is found. Kevin hid this from his family, but what he didn't know, is that what he found would essentially catch the eye of the bots.
It was too late once Nick figured out what his brother had hidden from them. The bots came. The bots killed. The journey to escape these advanced tech bots was adrenaline packed. These bots aren't small, little robots that you picture in a children's book. They were at least eight feet tall and wide as two men.
When their parents didn't show up, they immediately knew they were taken to the city. Everyone in the Freepost believed those captured and taken to the city were used as slaves. I loved how the author twisted the view of the Freeposters, and the ones that lived within the city's thoughts about how each other lived. On their mission to find their parents, they meet a few new friends that hesitantly assist them and ultimately add excitement into this thrilling story.
This ends off on a cliffhanger, and I absolutely cannot wait to find out how the next installment will pan out. I really liked the characters and their courage they displayed. Whether it was a sacrifice or a complete idiotic attempt to saving their parents, it all panned out allowing more adventure and adversity into this fun and exciting story.
Thank you Harper Teen for providing this ARC
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Well, it looks like I'm in the minority for this one. There were lots of negative reviews, but I really enjoyed this one. Sure, there were some things that bothered me but it was so action packed and such a fast moving plot. I enjoyed the characters (for the most part) and thought the premise was really cool. I did feel the writing was a bit simplistic and even at times a bit juvenile, which threw me off a bit. I also felt some of the transitions were rather abrupt and I needed more world building. We didn't find out enough about why the Robots took over and what their future plans are. However, I was completely engaged from start to finish!
The book does alternate between three primary characters: siblings Nick, Kevin, and Cass. After their freepost is destroyed and their parents are taken into the City, the three make the decision to rescue them by sneaking into the City as well. Cities are heavily guarded by robots and finding their parents will not be an easy task. They end up finding allies within the city (most notably Lexi and Farryn) who are sympathetic to their plight and are not happy with the way the Robots have controlled their lives.
I liked Nick's character a lot. He is the oldest and feels responsible for his younger siblings. He is the self-sacrificing one and makes his decisions for the good of the others. He takes drastic measures to find his family and it is through his character that we get to really see up close and personal just how the Robots control the citizens and the environment. While there isn't a lot of romance in this book, we do have Lexi and Nick. Lexi is one of the first people in the City to notice the siblings didn't belong and reached out to help them. I admired her for that, but I felt it was a bit interesting that she is so willing to give up her life of comfort and stability to become an outlaw. I understand she cares for Nick, but there just wasn't enough interaction and development between them to make it a very palpable relationship.
Cass is a year or so younger than Nick and while she is sweet and artistic, she's also tough. One of their newfound allies, Farryn, enjoys flirting with her and while this storyline isn't expanded upon, I am hoping something will happen with them in the future.
Kevin is the youngest of the siblings and probably my least favorite. He is impulsive and tries to act older than he really is. He doesn't like being treated like a kid and doesn't like being kept in the dark about things.
Again, I enjoyed the first book in the Revolution 19 series and while it doesn't end with a cliffhanger, it definitely had me ready to jump into the next book.