Thursday, February 26, 2015

City 1 by Gregg Rosenblum

Series: Revolution 19 (bk. 3)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-Fi

Subjects: robots, survival, adventure, post-apocalyptic, rebellions

Setting: Massachusetts or New York, about 50-75 years in the future

POV/Tense: 3rd person, past tense. Rotating between Nick, Kevin and Cassie

Age/Grade Level: Teen 13+

Length: 279 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover  

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: HarperTeen and Alloy Entertainment

Summary/ product description: “In the explosive conclusion to the thrilling Revolution 19 series, the time has come to win the cities back from the bots—or die trying.

After finally reuniting at a rebel camp, siblings Nick, Kevin, and Cass are willing to do anything to stay together—and free their parents from bot rule. But the leader of the rebel camp has her own ideas. Cruel and determined, General Clay won’t let anything stand in the way of her plan to destroy the robots and all the brainwashed humans. This means their parents’ lives are at stake, but Nick, Kevin, and Cass can’t desert the rebels when they’re so close to freedom. How far will they go to save the world they believe in?

Created in conjunction with Alloy Entertainment; Howard Gordon, the showrunner of 24 and Showtime’s Emmy Award– and Golden Globe–winning Homeland; and James Wong, the executive producer of American Horror Story; City 1 is the gripping finale to the exhilarating Revolution 19 series.”

My Review:  This is the 3rd and final book in the Revolution 19 series about a post-robot-apocalypse society. This series has not resembled Terminator or even I, Robot in the least. It’s written for teens and feel like it’s specifically for those 13 to 15, maybe younger even because the lower reading level. It’s an okay series overall, but it’s not exciting as I had hoped. All the books are pretty short, which is fine, but I feel like not much happens in then, so there’s not much to review.

I did enjoy some of the humor between characters. The dialogue was probably the best part of the book. The third person narration was dull, though. Some of the character relationships developed or were tested. Kevin learns about his and Nick’s grandfather, the designer of the bots. Cass and Farryn become a couple. Nick and Erica still like each other.

The rebels have issues with betrayal and want to kill Erica, but Nick want to use her to help. Kevin makes camo-suits, and decided to use one to enter the city unseen. Nick, Erica, and Cass also go into the city. They all have their own mission. The rebels are taking down the bots inside this city at the same time. Cass want to save her biological parents, who are brainwashed, so she goes to their building and convinces them to leave. Kevin is caught in the city and taken to meet someone important. Nick helps the rebels in their fight.

The different kinds of robots were interesting. The cities that robots put brainwashed people in seemed interesting, but kind of illogical. If robots are logical being and they want to be rid of humans, then why put them in cities? My only guess is that they need human creativity and engineering. I recommend this if you liked BZRK by Michael Grant, Cinder, or any other books that feature either robots or nano-bots. If you’re looking for teen Terminator, this is not it.

Cover Art Review: Cover similar to previous book. Not much to say.

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