Book Review: Autonomous

By Annalee Newitz

My Edition:
ARC paperback, 301 pages
2017, Tor
ISBN: 9780765392007 (hardcover)

I received this book (and a sweet-ass Lego figure!) for free from Tor in exchange for an honest review.

Jack is a pirate who sells black market drugs in order to afford to produce expensive medications that she gives away to those who can’t afford them. Threezed is an indentured on the run and soon finds himself in Jack’s submarine. Paladin is a newly minted, and indentured, bot on his first mission with his new and alluring partner, Eliasz, to hunt down Jack. Medea is an autonomous bot who discovers some deadly side effects of a new drug that Jack might have had a hand in. As they circle each other and draw near, it’s clear these characters have more in common then they realize.

Another book that’s ultra-challenging to blurb – there’s so much I want to talk about, but so much you just need to read! I’m a total dink for leaving this book in my review pile for so long because it’s fantastic and deep and exciting and full of biting social commentary (probably more than I picked up on.)

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Book Review: Sea of Rust

Originally posted on Geek Girl Authority

Sea of Rust
By C. Robert Cargill

My Edition:
Hardcover, 365 pages
2017, Harper Voyager
ISBN: 9780062405838

The last humans have been wiped from the face of Earth and now only robots remain. During the war that eradicated mankind, several mainframes banded together with the consciousness of other robots to create their own armies with shared intelligence. These mainframes are known as OWIs – One World Intelligence – and now they run the world. Freebots are scarce, constantly hunted by OWIs and destroyed if they choose not to upload themselves. Brittle roams the Sea of Rust, scavenging parts from bots on the verge of madness and trying to avoid the notice of the OWIs, but a run in with another scavenger will change everything.

I think we all know I was beyond excited to receive a copy of this book, because what could a robot who loves to read love more than reading about robots?! (Say that five times fast.) I was nervous that I was hyping myself up for this, but the book didn’t disappoint.

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Book Review: The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot
By Peter Brown

My Edition:
Hardcover, 279 pages
2016?, Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316381994

Rozzum unit 7134, or Roz, ends up on a small island when the ship transporting her and several other units sinks in a storm. Woken by a group of curious otters, Roz begins adapting to her new surroundings and learning what she can about island life. She tries to carve out a living in what she thinks of as her home, but the local animals see her as a monster. Can she find a way to get them to accept her?





Okay, I know I’m biased, as I’m a robot – but even for humans, this is a book that’s easy to enjoy.

First, let’s talk design. The illustrations (by the author!) are adorable. They’re full of texture and movement and I would love to see this book in full color (please, take my money!) Even under the jacket the book is embossed with an image of Roz.

The story is sweet and engaging. I immediately liked Roz and as her character grew and developed, I liked her even more. She manages to gain a personality, yet remains robotic in many ways. The animals of the island come to life through their interactions with her as well. And there are some parts of the story that are a little gritty, yet true to what life might be like as a robot living in the wild, and still appropriate for younger readers.  I flew through this book in a day and I need more Roz in my life right now.

The Wild Robot was an instant favorite for me. I recommend this for urban robots looking for a taste of what it’s like to survive in the wilderness, humans who love to read about adorable robots and children who love machines and adventure.  And anyone who likes middle grade or reading in general because this book is too cute!

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