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I Heart Robot

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who won't belittle her musical aspirations.

Q-I-99 aka 'Quinn' lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that android
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Month9Books
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
"This is your chance to show the humans that we aren’t just machines, that they gave us minds. We think, we feel, we dream, we create."

I Heart Robot is a surprising and enjoyable read. This is my first from Suzanne Van Rooyen and I'm glad I gave this a try. Look at the cover!! It really calls out to me. Though the whole premise is not my usual read, this book made me FEEL. Feels all over! I love that it makes you think. I love that its diverse. I love that I was left wanting for more.

Tyri an
Suzanne Rooyen
Oct 26, 2014 Suzanne Rooyen added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-writings
Dear readers,

I'm the author of this one *waves*

In a nutshell, this story is about a girl who loves music and a robot-boy who loves music, and about how that girl and robot-boy accidentally discover they might love each other even when their world conspires against them.

If you want to know more about what inspired this story, you can check out its Pinterest board here.

A huge thank you to all those who have already added this to their shelves.

Here's a teaser from Quinn:

Chiara (delicate eternity)
A copy of this novel was provided by Month9Books for review.

Okay, I’m going to outline my two main problems with I Heart Robot (but the second one isn’t a problem so much as a wish on my behalf):


Tyri. I just couldn’t really understand her. One moment she’s completely in love with her boyfriend, and then the next she is thinking that they’re drifting apart. One moment she’s partial to the robots and agree that they shouldn’t be treated like shit, and then the next she’s being a complete bitch a
Emma Adams
Mar 09, 2015 Emma Adams rated it it was amazing
I've had my eye on this book for a long time, and I was thrilled to get an advanced copy! I Heart Robot is a YA Sci-Fi set in a future where robots are common, though not considered to have the same level of personhood as humans. The story switches between two perspectives: Tyri, an aspiring musician, and Quinn, a droid who wants to prove he's just as human as his creators. The characterisation is superb, and I sympathised with both Tyri and Quinn. They come from opposing worlds, yet their ...more
Angela C
Nov 15, 2015 Angela C rated it it was amazing
A free copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I Heart Robot is easily one of my favorite books of the year so far. It's got wonderfully realistic characters – including a lovable protagonist – and raises fascinating questions about artificial intelligence and what it means to be human.

The book is set in a world where robots are utilized for everything from housekeeping to childcare to intelligence operations. They cook food, serve in the military, and ev
Jaime Lester
Apr 03, 2015 Jaime Lester rated it liked it
3 1/2 Stars!

I have really started noticing in the past couple of years that I have a slightly limited book "type" that I tend to read, so I made the decision to shake things up a bit. I haven't done as well as I had hoped with that (less shaken, more slightly stirred), but I have been trying. Sci-fi is one of the genres I have opened myself up to a bit more, and when books like I Heart Robot come along, it makes me want to start stirring harder!

Being the sci-fi newbie that I am, I really had
Mar 31, 2015 Leeanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, for-review, e-book
This review originally appeared on my blog,


Set in a future where most humans think robots shouldn’t have rights, and robots think they should, I HEART ROBOT asks what it means to be human. Is being human necessary to create? Can robots think, create, love? If they can, should they be destroyed, or should they be allowed to flourish? Are artificially intelligent robots a threat to humanity, or is humanity a threat to those robots?

Tyri wants to be a musician. But everyone around her
Elizabeth Holloway
Apr 03, 2015 Elizabeth Holloway rated it really liked it
I'm not going to lie. What drew me to this book was the seriously cool cover. I mean look at it. It just begs to be read! But then I read the cover synopsis and I was sold. I had to read this book.

I Heart Robot follows two talented violinists, sixteen-year-old Tyri and android Quinn, as they try to find something they feel is missing within themselves. Instead they find each other. But the city is on the brink of a war between humans (who want their mindless cheap labor back) and AI (who demand
Yvonne (The Shadow Realm)
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This was a really unique and fun read. I was really looking forward to reading this, and even though I didn't love it, I still enjoyed it.

The story follows Tyri and Quinn, both aspiring musicians, and both struggling to find their place in the world. Their city is on the brick on civil war between robots and humans, and they both must decide which side they stand on. Told in dual POV, I enjoyed the characters of Tyri and Quinn. It was easy to sympathize with them,
Jul 18, 2015 Sandra rated it it was amazing
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The author and publisher Month9Books were kind enough to provide me with an E-copy in exchange for an honest review. I simply adored this book!! It made me cry tears of joy and sadness at the same time. It was such a beautiful read.

Quinn and Tyri had the same passion for music and they have been accepted to the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra, but that is where their similarities end. Quinn is a rogue robot whose whole life revolves a
Apr 01, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I love all of Suzanne’s books, and I HEART ROBOT did not disappoint. I’ve been wanting to read this since I first saw the cover and blurb, and was so excited to receive an ARC.

I found I HEART ROBOT to be fascinating, unique, and fun, and I absolutely fell in love with Tyri and Quinn, and the world in which they live. Though this is a sci-fi book, I found it to not be so overwhelming, so I’d recommend this even to people who aren’t quite sure about sci-fi. While the story of humans and robots is
Tefanee Temblor
Jul 28, 2016 Tefanee Temblor rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

I loved the concept, but it tapered off towards boring and angsty in the middle and I just couldn't find the motivation to continue.
Anna Karol
May 19, 2015 Anna Karol rated it really liked it
Edward ott
Nov 04, 2016 Edward ott rated it really liked it
I think all the Nordic imagery in the futuristic society really made the book for me.
Apr 09, 2015 Henna rated it really liked it
I confess that I'm not big fan of robots, androids and such. Mostly, the idea of AI enchanted robots scares me like no other. But I loved van Rooyen's Obscura Burning and I was really intrigued about I Heart Robots so I was truly excited to dive into it.

I Heart Robot has amazing world-building as well as lots of story and backround building which is wonderful. Also, it's set in Scandia, the future country based on Sweden and Norway. I live in Finland and have visited Sweden many times, so it was
Nerine Dorman
Jul 23, 2015 Nerine Dorman rated it it was amazing
I’ll be upfront and say that I’ve never really been a fan of stories where one of the viewpoint characters is some sort of artificial intelligence. My rationale has always been that the author faces incredible challenges in order to express a non-human sentience in such a way that it would feel authentic. Yet I’m happy to report that not only has Suzanne van Rooyen done a great job with her androids, but she kept me turning the pages.

I Heart Robot takes place in the distant future in the Scandin
Mar 25, 2015 Ash rated it really liked it
It is an unfortunate fact of human history that the word ‘different’ has long been synonymous with the word ‘inferior’, and it is this far too familiar theme of prejudice that is at the forefront of Suzanne van Rooyen’s Young Adult novel I Heart Robot.

Set in a dystopian Scandinavia, I Heart Robot follows the story of two young musicians – Tyri, the daughter of one of the country’s best robotics engineers, and Quinn, a rogue android living on the outskirts of society after escaping his abusive hu
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Apr 10, 2015 Naturalbri (Bri Wignall) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, romance, scifi
My Thoughts:

This book was brilliant! I am a huge sic-fi fan, and was instantly drawn to the mixture of science fiction element and forbidden romance.

Van Rooyen has given us a world where robots are high in numbers, in a time when they feel under appreciated and humans fear them. The tension starts to rise, and both sides are looking to turn to violence. However, there are the few who don't believe that is necessary. Within that few, we meet out main characters. They are both driven by a love of
Marlene Moss
Mar 31, 2015 Marlene Moss rated it it was amazing
I knew I wanted to read I Heart Robot from the moment I saw the cover and blurb. The musical connection drew me in further as I played piano as a kid, including mostly classical pieces.

The book didn’t disappoint. I Heart Robot ranks high in the top 5 books I’ve read in the past year and easily garnishes a rare 5 stars from me. Grammar, formatting, and writing skill are equally top-notch. Ms. Van Rooyen has a lovely, artistic voice without overdoing it, and she weaves the texture of sound throug
Apr 07, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
Tyri and Quinn are gifted musicians who end up playing for the same orchestra. But that is where the similarities stop. Or does it? One is human the other a robot. A war is brewing between humans and robots, that could rip everything wide open and cause more of a problem. Can their friendship survive? Can they?

I worried about her and Quinn, hoping they would find their slot in life and that it would work for them. The insta love, was a little over the top. Yeah they both loved music, but is that
Quinn is a run away android, with so many emotional upgrades he's very close to human and obsessed with playing the violin. Tyri is also obsessed with the violin but her mother wants he to be more practical and concentrate on robotics. Both are accepted to an exclusive music school. Story is set in the future with a race war on the brink of explosion, between androids who want rights and humans who want to dismatle them. There was a lot of politics and the main leads being pulled in different ...more
Lara Thompson
May 17, 2015 Lara Thompson rated it liked it
My feelings toward this book were a bit up and down. There were many little things that annoyed me about it (for instance: way too many intrusive made up technical terms to make it 'futuristic'... it's obviously the future if there are AI's fighting for freedom, renaming everything doesn't help) but her character building was fantastic. But then the ending felt cut short (and as far as I know this isn't a series). So, I guess I enjoyed it but I wouldn't recommend it _BUT_ I will be watching the ...more
J.S. Meresmaa
Jul 04, 2015 J.S. Meresmaa rated it liked it
Ihanan ehyt ja oivaltava tarina, joka piti otteessaan alusta loppuun. Antaisin neljä tähteä, mutta kirjassa käytetty päätteetön fontti (Arial?) tuntui hieman vieraannuttavalta painetussa teoksessa, enkä tottunut siihen kunnolla missään vaiheessa.

Tarinassa yhdistyy mielenkiintoisella tavalla musiikki ja musikaalisuus, robottien/androidien tunne-elämä ja kysymys, kenelle kuuluvat ihmisoikeudet. Van Rooyenin luoma tulevaisuuden Skandinavian maailma oli myös kiehtova sekoitus nykypäivää ja tulevaa.
Jul 23, 2015 Kaysia rated it really liked it
this book took a little getting into but after that it was very intriguing. I wish some characters' personalities could have been clearer but I still really enjoyed the twists and turns of the story. the ending didn't have heaps of closure but you could still tell what was going to happen. I loved seeing all the AI and how they were more than just metal. also all the music was super relatable to me and a beautiful touch
Apr 01, 2015 Deanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I really enjoyed the e-Arc I received from Month 9 books. I have never read the author before so I went into it blindly and I like to think that was a good thing. I predicted the outcome of the story early on, but that might be because I watch a lot of sci-fi. I think this drew a lot of parallels to Battle Star Galactica when it comes to the conflict between humans and androids. I think people that like Cinder will like this novel.
May 14, 2015 Faithc rated it really liked it
Beautiful, breathtaking, and excitingly emotional.

I couldn't put this one down to my utmost amazement and surprise.
A quick read, indeed, filled with depth and insight on existential issues. The whole sci-fi twist was a new breath!

That cover is just gorgeous on top of the good writing. I'll definitely read more of this author.
Sep 06, 2015 P.M. rated it it was amazing
This was certainly different - a robot love story. I really liked Quinn who was more human and humane than those characters with a beating heart rather than a fuel-cell. Is there a sequel in the works?
Dave-Brendon Burgh
Apr 07, 2016 Dave-Brendon Burgh rated it it was amazing
Full review coming soon, but this is the book that will probably get me reading more out-of-my-comfort-zone fiction. :)
 Lianne Mei
DNF. I started to get sidetracked with other books and this one still has not held any appeal to me.
BookOwl BookOwl
May 08, 2015 BookOwl BookOwl rated it really liked it

Very enjoyable read.

Only thing I couldn't stand was that she couldn't decide who; one minute she's madly in love with her boyfriend and another time she's cooing over Quinn .
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I'm a YA author with a penchant for the dark and strange. I primarily write speculative fiction but enjoy literary writing as well. I occasionally delve into adult genres too.

I'm a musician and have a Master's degree in music, but I prefer writing strange stories, baking peanut butter cupcakes, and playing with my shiba inu.

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