Author: Simon Curtis
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: Will Staehle
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/25/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
There once was a boy who was made, not created.
In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.
His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.
An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.
Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination.
He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.
To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.
Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.
The only thing you really need to know about Boy Robot was that when I finished it – all 432 pages, at three in the morning on a weekday – the first thing I thought was: I can’t wait to go back and read that again!
There is an abundance of action, mystery, and emotion in this debut novel from Mr. Curtis, who initially broke into pop culture as a musician. The many primary characters – each with an increasingly painful back story – are introduced slowly, like curling tendrils of smoke, before being woven together in a manner both satisfying and maddening. I longed for their safety and happiness well before I expected to, and spent the entire second half of the book struggling not to cry.
It speaks to Mr. Curtis’ heart and creativity that – despite the abuse, rape, and unending violence (seriously y’all, it literally never stops) – Boy Robot on the whole reads with warmth and even a minuscule bit of hope. The bright writing style and whale of a cliffhanger ending is sure to have fans snatching up the sequel, Robot Army, due next year from Simon Pulse.
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