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Revolution 19 (Revolution 19 #1)

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,671 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.

Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Harper Teen
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Now that you have that concept in your head, let me ask you which of the below pictures best matches the image you have in your head upon thinking of scary, menacing robots in a robot apocalypse:

Picture A:

Or Picture B:


If the image to appear in your head at my mention of a robot apocalypse even slightly resembled Picture A, then run away from Revolution 19. (But don't run too fast, because these robots roll, and you want to give them a slight chance, right?) Now, if, when I
Steph Sinclair

I feel like I'm in a slump right now. I've been craving some sci-fi, but they last two books have done less than impress me. What is going on? What do I have to do, start lowering my standards? Is it too hard to ask for a dynamic cast of characters, action, drama, mystery and romance?! Oh...wait. Didn't this book promise me that? Huh. Well, let's get one thing out the way right now. That blurb is misleading.

But before we get into all that, I want to take you on a flashback. Yes, a flashback. Bac
Jan 05, 2014 Mitch rated it did not like it
There were actually tears in my eyes after I finished this, and not because Revolution 19 is particularly emotional or poignant. Nope, I couldn't stop laughing at how awful this train wreck is - it's exactly what I'd imagine a Michael Bay book would be like, if he ever wrote one - so let's just say, between this and Dark Eyes, the majority of Writers Guild of America members should stick to their day jobs and leave the book writing to people who know the difference between screenplay and prose.

Bee (Heart Full of Books)
What was there to like about this book other than how quick it was to read? There was zero world building and the characters were two dimension archetypes. I don't think I'm ever going to consume a robot apocalypse story done well.
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Dec 26, 2012 YA Reads Book Reviews rated it really liked it
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, Reviewed by Nichole.

Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.

Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left
Dec 31, 2012 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, requested, e-arc
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Revolution 19 is so far my biggest disappointment of winter 2013 releases. I thought it was going to be AMAZING! With a great cover and a great blurb, I envisioned a crazy world thrown into war and chaos, with Terminator Transformers whooping ass left and right and a group of brave teens standing up for FREEDOM and THE FREE WORLD and THE RIGHT TO LIVE! What did I get? A book that reads very much like a lame cartoon with 12-year-old "save the world!" kids as the
Feb 21, 2013 Shawna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Despite earlier reviews I read about this book, I liked it.

The basic storyline: Bots now control the cities and everyone in it. Citizens are micro-chipped and are trackable at all times. "Freeman's" still exist outside the cities in "Freeposts"...that is until the Bots either capture or kill them.

Cass, Nick, Kevin and their parents are living in one such Freepost until one day the Bots come. The children manage to escape, but their parents are captured. They are taken to the nearest city for re-
Abbe Hinder
I read up to 25 percent, skimmed until 50 percent and then skipped everything else (legit, didn't even bother to read any of it) and read the last chapter. AND I STILL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS PATHETIC.

Full review to come.
Jan 10, 2013 Katie_la_geek rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, ebook-arc
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Revolution 19 wasn’t exactly anything new but it does do some things a little differently and it was enjoyable. The best way to describe it is The Chronicles of Narnia meets The Terminator, a bizarre mixture but one that kind of works.

Revolution 19 was bizarre for other reasons too. It seemed that for every good point there was also a negative to counteract that and vice a versa. For example, I really loved that this was a book about 3 siblings who were all
Feb 20, 2013 Cassy rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book. Seriously, it was great. It was suspenseful, it was fun, THERE WERE ROBOTS!!!


Honestly, it was worth it for the robots. And there were a million kinds of robots, which made it even better. The siblings were great in this book. I love how they looked after each other and their ultimate goal was to get their parents out of this place they had feared all of their lives.

In some ways, it has a very 1984 type feel. There are quite a few people who don't like how the world is, don't l
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)

Revolution 19 is one of those books that the plot is not out of this world and unique, but it flows nicely, has great characters, and keeps you interested until the very last page. It has enough action in every chapter to keep you turning the pages, and tons of mystery and suspense. The robots didn’t scare me, though, nor did I feel that it was really that hard to defeat the robots.

I guess I just wasn’t sold on the whole “Robots took over the world” concept. This is what I mean by the plot not b
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Dec 19, 2012 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
One reason I had to read this book is because it reminded me of Terminator and my husband is a MAJOR fanatic of Terminator. I told my husband about it and of course he was interested in it so he told me to read it and then let him what it was about. I am glad about that fact that it is not at all exactly like Terminator. It's certainly has it own appeal that I think anyone can enjoy.

Once again, the human race is enslaved by robots. The robots are not killing humans (well technically there are, b
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Nick, Cass, and Kevin live in the wilds, hiding from the robots that rule humankind in the cities. When their home is destroyed and their parents taken, they wander around for a bit before deciding that they will have to go to the robot city to try and rescue their parents.
Can they rescue their parents? Or will the robots get them first?

This was an okay story, but I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the series.

I didn’t really connect with the characters
Jan 13, 2013 George rated it it was ok
Don't want to be too harsh since this book isn't targeted towards me, but this was pretty bad. It's like one part terminator mixed with 3 parts disney channel sitcom. Don't even get me started on the ending.

Only bright spot is that it's very short.
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 16, 2013 Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was ok
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A group of kids try to rescue their parents from robots. Perfect for the big screen. Not so much for a novel.

Opening Sentence: Somewhere nearby, a dog barked and whined.

The Review:

After the vicious Robot Revolution, families around the country tried to escape the clutches of the ruthless robots. Two families reached the guarded gates, expecting to be killed on the spot for trying to escape, but one family and the second family’s kids are
Jan 02, 2013 Amber rated it really liked it
Revolution 19 is a fantastic debut by Gregg Rosenblum. Not only is the cover awesome, but the story was unique, and even better than I had imagined. This was an easy read, and very easily draws the reader into the story-line.

A Robot Revolution erupted twenty years ago. The designed bots that were designed to fight the wars. These bots became so advanced and in the process began taking over the very people who relied on them. Survivors captured were taken to the city, and others that had escaped
Dec 15, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing

What I loved: The synopsis was intriguing and I found myself sucked in from the prologue, THE PROLOGUE! It's not often that a book simultaneously cracks me up and scares the crap out of me at the same time but this one did!

Nick, Cass and Kevin are all strong characters willing to risk their lives to rescue their parents and keep each other safe in the process. Their journey takes them from a peaceful life in the woods into a city run by robots where resistance means "re-education" or w
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closer to 4 star than 3. Review coming closer to release date.


When I started Revolution 19, I was ready to be blown away. The blurb really sold the concept of this book to me. Come on when you know that Robots are taking over and you are the little person now, it has to be good. Welllllll, it was good, it just didn't blow my mind like I had thought it would. The story was simple and felt a little like I have read it before. I think if the author would have added one more unique part th
Matthew Baker
Jan 07, 2013 Matthew Baker rated it it was amazing
** Courtesy of guest reviewer Skylar Baker, my 14 year-old daughter **

It took me approximately 10 hours in all to finish REVOLUTION 19, a stunning feat for me considering the “busy” life I uphold. This book gives a wonderful new twist on the whole “robots overthrowing the human race” genre. After I read the first two pages, I was completely hooked. REVOLUTION 19 left me on the edge of my seat from the minute I picked it up and can simply be described as “an explosion on paper.”

Eric Townsend
Dec 03, 2013 Eric Townsend rated it did not like it
A whirlwind of a story, Revolution 19 leaves you feeling exhilarated and wondering what will happen next to the young group.

That is, until you actually think critically whatsoever about the story itself and the details that are presented. You see, Revolution 19 as a preteen/older-kids book works wonderfully. There isn’t a bunch of information that they won’t understand, the book is fast paced with plenty of action to keep the reader’s attention which is vital with the younger generation’s seemin
the golden witch.
Oh boy. Where to start? This was a pretty big disappointment me for me, guys. In pretty much all areas. If you know me, you'll know that not only am I a huge "Terminator" fan, I'm also a huge "Homeland" fan. And considering this was concocted by not only the author and the creator of "Homeland", it makes this a double disappointment. Yet, somehow, I'm not surprised this is a packaged TV deal, and I can easily see it doing well in a YA TV-aimed market. However, what I found inside was not only a ...more
Dec 22, 2012 Eileen rated it it was ok
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I'm not a very gung-ho science fiction fan and you can obviously tell from what I thought about this book. Revolution 19, while good, wasn't the best and it left a lot to be desired.

First, I had to admit I appreciated the three sibling's family dynamic. They all had talents of their own that when combined created a force that shouldn't be reckoned with. The three siblings Nick, Cass, and Kevin made up an amazing group together
Feb 04, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, nycc12
This book was really interesting. I completely loved the concept of the book and the way that you were introduced to the whole concept was really awesome. In a future world where we were over run by robots, this is where our tragic trio live. This new book is (I believe) the first in a new series.

I wasn't totally enthralled with this book like I thought I might be. I really loved the concept, and think that it is Robopocalypse for the younger crowd. I think the reason that I didn't really like i
Seeing Double in Neverland
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3 out of 5 Stars

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a science fiction/dystopian easy slow paced read.
Sep 14, 2015 Louisa rated it it was amazing
Creepy and awesome, the robot apocalypse! So great, really enjoyed these characters, can't wait to read more!
Jun 29, 2012 Gianne marked it as to-read
Reminiscent of Terminator (the movie)? I SAY YES.
Revolution 19 is yet just another robot apocalypse series. It was interesting enough but there's nothing new about it. The robot's motive for revolution is very close to the film I have seen before ((view spoiler)).

The story follows the three siblings as they rescue their parents from the robot's Cities and brainwashing. I guess the strong point of this book is that it focuses more on the development and relationship of the three siblings rather than a lame romance. The
May 10, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-copies
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Harper 360*

Revolution 19 is a fast paced read which grabs your attention from start to finish. It's been awhile since I've immersed myself into a post apocalyptic world and I've definitely missed it. This time, our protagonists are hidden out in the wild, away from the cities and away from the detection of the robots. After losing everything to them, including their parents, Kevin, Nick and Cass are looking to turn the tables again. To start
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
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It causes me physical pain to DNF this book. The cover!! I love it so much! Her eye looks so awesome, and I love the way the font looks. Not to mention that the synopsis sounds amazeballs! This book was one of my most anticipated 2013 releases. That is, until I started seeing the nasty ratings. I heard from many people that the writing quality was middle grade at best. In a way, I'm glad my hopes were squashed down before I picked this up, because I went in with rather low expec
Feb 04, 2013 Nimue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gregg Rosenblum’s debut novel Revolution 19 is a contains both dystopian and science fiction elements. Set in a future world where machines have taken over, and first kill most humans before taking over human society. Sounds familiar? I guess Terminator was big inspiration for this book.

This book was on my wish-list since months and I was excited to finally get to read it. Unfortunately it didn’t meet my expectations. The beginning is quite intriguing. We get to know the siblings Nick, Kevin and
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Gregg Rosenblum works at Harvard, where he wages epic battles against technology as an editor/webmaster/communications/quasi-IT guy. He graduated from UC San Diego and has an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He lives in Boston with his wife and daughter.
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“Right, what's there possibly to worry about?" she said. "Just some surgery in the garage with a drunk doctor."

Little miss," said Doc, pointing a finger at Cass. "I'm drinking. I'm not drunk. There's a difference." He took another sip from his cup. "But in another ten minutes or so, that might change, so you should stop stalling.”
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