Title: BOY ROBOT
Series: BOOK ONE OF A PLANNED TRILOGY
Author: SIMON CURTIS
Type of Book: HARDCOVER
Genre: YOUNG ADULT, SCIENCE FICTION
Length: 432 PAGES
Publisher: SIMON AND SCHUSTER TEEN
Release Date: OCTOBER 25, 2016
Price: $17.99 USD / $23.99 CAN
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Imagine losing your mother before you even had a chance to meet her because she died giving birth to you.
Historically, women used to die in childbirth all the time, but with the advent of modern medicine, this has become a rare event. The fact that it doesn’t happen very often is no consolation to Isaak who ends up being raised by “parents” who show him not a single ounce of love.
He thought his life already sucked. Little did he know – it was about to get worse – much worse.
On the night of his eighteenth birthday, his life is changed forever.
Lying in bed trying to fight off the mother of all migraine headaches, a mysterious and incredibly strong girl tells him to come with her if he wants to live. (Yes, it sounds kind of like a knock off from a scene from the Terminator – but it is my opinion that she was trying to add a bit of levity to a terrifying situation.) Turns out she showed up just in time and the pair end up running for their lives.
Isaak has no idea what is happening. He has no enemies and can’t think of anyone who would want to hurt him – nevermind someone wanting him dead.
His savior is a girl named Azure and it is her that explains to him that they are both robots and that a highly trained, highly deadly, secret branch of the US government is hunting down and destroying any and all robots.
His only hope for survival is to reach the hidden, secret base of the Underground, which is a group of robots (and some humans) that are fighting back.
The way my description makes it sound, it seems like this book is a science fiction novel, which I guess it is, but really it is a story about the characters themselves.
The character development is excellent but the world building leaves much to be desired. I would have liked to have had more information about the resistance and it’s leaders. I am hoping that this information will be included in the next book in the trilogy.
This book includes so many personal, moral and ethical issues that readers could literally discuss this book for hours before exhausting the different topics. This makes it especially perfect for book clubs.
Here is a list of just a few of the topics and issues that are included in this book:
* Death of a parent
* Child abuse – physical
* Child abuse – mental and emotional
* Teenage Angst
* The desire for acceptance
* The desire for love & connection
* Transgender youth
* Confusion over sexual identity
* What is the definition of life?
* What makes you human? Is it biology or psychology?
* Moral dilemmas such as:
– Would you leave a friend behind to face certain death in order to save yourself?
– Would you be willing to kill to save yourself?
I could go on and on with the list, but I think you get the idea.
Overall I enjoyed this book and I think that Simon Curtis has done a terrific job on his debut novel. I give BOY ROBOT 4 out of 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
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* I received a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
SIMON CURTIS was born in Michigan and raisef in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was diagnosed with leukemia at age 10 and began performing in musical theater and opera that same year. He was the happiest bald, chemo-therapy-addled cancer patient ever seen on stage. At eighteen, he moved to L.A. After various roles on Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, Simon left acting to pursue music, releasing his first album, 8bit Heart, as a free download, followed by his second album, RA, which landed at number 20 on Billboard’s Dance & Electronic Albums chart.
Simon continues to write and release music as an independent recording artist, and looks forward to his new chapter as an author. Above all else, he strives to inspire hope in young people.
BOY ROBOT is his first novel.
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