Monday, February 4, 2013

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

Series: Revolution 19 (bk. 1)

Genera: Dystopian Sci-fi

Subjects: Robots, survival, adventure

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 265 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary/ product description: “Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.

Headstrong seventeen-year-old Nick has spent his whole life in a community in the wilderness, hiding out from the robots that have enslaved mankind. But when the bots discover the community's location, he, his tech-geek younger brother, Kevin, and adopted sister, Cass, barely make it out alive—only to discover that their home has been destroyed and everyone they love is missing.

All survivors were captured and taken to one of the robots' Cities. The siblings have been hearing tales about the Cities all their lives—humans are treated like animals, living in outdoor pens and forced to build new bots until they drop dead from exhaustion. Determined to find out if their parents are among the survivors, Nick, Kevin, and Cass venture into the heart of the City, but it is nothing like they've been told.

As they live among the bots for the first time, they realize they're fighting for more than just their family. The robots have ruled for too long, and now it's time for a revolution.”

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My Review: I’m kind of disappointed in this book. I was expecting something similar to Terminator or the Matrix, but nothing like those. It’s not that thrilling. There’s no romance. There’s plenty of humor, thank goodness. For the most part it seemed written for kids in their preteen year to early teens. There were only a few mild swear words. The book lacked some of the things I look for in epic adventure dystopians. The world building was good, though.

The characters are not very deep. All I know is Nick, is 17 and has one blind eye and he’s the tough one. Cass, the adopted sister, is 15, and she likes to draw (we have that in common). Kevin is 13, almost 14 and love technology. He’s a genius with the stuff (and reminds me of Tom from Insignia). The book’s written in 3rd person, and seems to be omniscient between Nick, Cass and Kevin only. They start out in a society living in the forest away from the City where the robots are. Raised in the wild, surviving and stuff. Then robots attack there village and take their parent and they travel to the city to find them.

They find out the robot run the city and control and police the people. People seemed to act normal and if they break the laws they get sent to a Re-education Center. They get brainwashed. Nick tries to get into one to see if their parents are there. They also meet a girl named Lexi who helps them along the way. None of the people love the robots, so many are willing to help as long as they don’t get caught. Citizens have implants in their necks, tracking devices. It’s like an ID.

The world building was really the only interesting part of this book. So if you like dystopian books with good world building and don’t care if the characters aren’t very interesting, then go ahead and give this a shot. It’s short and fast. So short that it didn’t really leave much of an impression. There’s a cliff hanger ending, so, it’s a series.

Cover Art Review: Love the cover. Love how the title is set. I think the bionic eye looks awesome. But shouldn’t it be in a guy’s face? Nick’s the one that gets a new eye. So why the girl face? It made me think of Terminator. I also like the texture of the cover.


~Haley G

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