Perhaps the world ended, and we brought it on ourselves. But only Joyce noticed the whimper. And she might just be tits-out crazy.
Along with smarmy Sam, life's impossible tourist, a trucker's death draws Joyce down the last highway into the desert's beating heart. And at the Judgment Day Diner they will be caught up in a maelstrom of adultery, lies and hidden violence.
Intended for adult readers, science fiction/humour novel Automatons is a stripping bare of the ways people stumble blindly down the same old paths, and how we find it so much easier to be humane to our technology rather than each other.
The raw legacy laid down is continued in Book Two: Something for Everything.
About the Author
Author and avid reader BP Gregory brings monsters, machines and roaming cities, insanity, betrayal and lust! With such tales you shouldn't always feel comfortable or safe. Hailing from sober corporate beginnings she's been an archaeology student and a dilettante of biology, psychology, and apocalypse prepping. However, her love of frogmarching hapless characters through hell drew her to science fiction, horror and urban fantasy: all vehicles for peeling back screaming layers to discover what, if anything, lurks within. Do we each treasure some inviolate core of self, kept safe from our actions and choices? Would it matter if nobody saw it? BP Gregory is the author of four novels including the recently released outback horror The Town, about a mysterious hidden town and those desperate souls who vanish seeking it. A stroll down life's eerie back alleys with a few fistfuls of short stories, and a novelette which was a messy love letter to her adolescence in the city round out the piece. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and is currently working on Flora & Jim, the frozen post-apocalyptic tragedy she's always wanted to write. For sneak peeks, more stories, reviews and recommendations as she ploughs through her to-read pile visit bpgregory.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well, "Automatons" has just been read, so the first review is about it: This book is a well-written mix of dystopian sci-fi, adventure and for an I-don't-know-what reason I had the strong feeling of a western during my reading. Maybe because of the desert entourage. We have a slew of strange things and personages in the book: talking devices, crazy people, awful plants and mysterious places - all of these create the feeling of an unpleasant or unnerving dream, like a hallucinogenic trip All of these are interlaced with humor and philosophical questions such as the following: "What is the difference between human and machine consciences?";"Are not we just the biorobots, but with the most complicated and elaborated software onboard?", etc Grim landscapes, dull perspectives, some kind of "communistic" awaiting for the bright and brand new future are what fill the book and therefore the reader with a depressive and pessimistic mood "But, hey, this is dystopia, right???? Seek your romantic books on another shelf." A good read for every amateur of apocalyptic books. P.S. My favorite part of the book is when Ben puns about chickens.... I had to like the heavy guy in that very moment:)