Revolution 19 (Revolution 19 #1) by Gregg Rosenblum
My Copy: Paperback, 266 pages
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Source: Won from The Cover Contessa
From the creators of Homeland and the Final Destination films, Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else.
At first they called it system-wide malfunctions when the robots stopped fighting at exactly 2:15 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time, August 17, 2051. For twenty-two hours the battlefields were silent. Then when the bots began killing again, now targeting their human commanders, they shook their heads and called it fatal programming errors. When, a day later, the skies over cities on six continents grew dark with warships, they began to understand. And when the bombs rained down and legions of bot foot soldiers marched into the burning ruins, killing any humans who resisted and dragging away the rest, they finally called it what it was: revolution.
Only a few escaped the robot war. Those who did lived in secret freeposts, hiding from the robot armies determined to control the human race. Nick, Kevin, and Cass are some of the lucky ones—they live with their parents in a secret human community outside the robot-controlled Cities. But when the bots discover their village and attack, the teens are forced to run. Determined to find out if their parents are alive, the three siblings venture into the heart of the robot City, where one misstep could be their last.
What you’re in for: Robots. Structured cities. Unstructured woods. Helpful people and true believers. Robots on a power trip. “Re-education”. Action. Memory loss. Sibling love. Death. Brutality. Friendship. Family. Technology.
Revolution 19 is all about robots that were built to help mankind, but now they control the humans. They claim to strive for a more peaceful and functional society, but they take things too fast and end up making living in the cities an unenjoyable living experience. They are too controlling of the humans and they are brutal.
The book starts off with a bang. However, the captivity factor wasn’t all there for me. I mean, there were times when I was super into the story, but others when I would just start skimming. There is a lot of action and there’s always something going on in this book. It had quite a bit of intensity. It’s definitely not a boring storyline, but I still didn’t find myself completely captivated by it.
There wasn’t much of a back story. I feel like that could have been elaborated on, especially since the book was so short. More back story would have strengthened the overall story, in my opinion. However, one thing that was nice was that the year was mentioned. I like knowing when futuristic stories are meant to take place!
I thought the book as a whole was a fairly decent read. The characters could have used a bit more development. And the story could have been improved with added back story. But, it was an okay book. I’m not sure if I’m interested enough to read the second book. I’m definitely not going to run and buy it right away. We’ll see…
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