"What about our human rights,' demanded Carl, who'd gathered a small deputation of kids within minutes. 'There is a WAR ON,' said Crewman Devlin, shor"What about our human rights,' demanded Carl, who'd gathered a small deputation of kids within minutes. 'There is a WAR ON,' said Crewman Devlin, shortly. I wondered if this meant grown-ups actually listen to you when there wasn't a war on, because somehow I was sceptical." Teccc - my reading partner - is unquestionably right: The book loses some of its naughty snappiness and sarcasm as it proceeds and it gets more and more predictable after the small, nerdy gang of kids and their maniacally cheerful, robotic goldfish tutor flee the kiddie cadet academy on Mars in a stolen spaceship in order to find adult help or a way back home to earth. Also, the characters - both human and alien - reminded me often of those in "The True Meaning of Smekday".
Still, I enjoyed the story and its messages well enough. As "Smekday" does, it encourages the reader to have a look at the enemy's position/reasons/lack of other options/history, it stresses that there are always people who flourish because of war - career-wise, money-wise or morality-wise (meaning actions which are cautiously sanctioned or meticulously dissected angle by angle in a well-functioning society are overlooked or hastily permitted in war, because survival as a whole is at stake and long-term problems or ethical qualms suddenly play a secondary role to immediate results), and it certainly devises not to give up at any seemingly hopeless point of any endeavor.
The ending wrapped up everything pretty nicely while pointing out that in most disputes compromises have to be tolerated and that the notion to be able to return a society or a country to what it was "before"/in good old times/at a certain point is always unrealistic/undoable. Change happens. I can imagine reading the sequel at some point. Yes, definitely. Goldfish, bring it on!...more
I have read more than half of this self-published human-robot-romance-I-wanna-be-a-romantic-thriller-desaster that declares it has been professionallyI have read more than half of this self-published human-robot-romance-I-wanna-be-a-romantic-thriller-desaster that declares it has been professionally edited, but makes the plain mistake of informing the reader twice about the same thing right in the first chapter.
The worst is the character inconsistency. Or ... no, the cheesiness ... no, the lack of believable plot, .... or, the evil, evil bad guys. I don't know. Everything appears to be unbelievably unfinished, unplanned, childish, raw. I do not think this is worth the already cheap price that is demanded for it. No. ...more
When pressing the three-star-button I remembered + the extremely fun bladerunneresque setting in New Beijing + tFirst published on my Booklikes account:
When pressing the three-star-button I remembered + the extremely fun bladerunneresque setting in New Beijing + the tough, talented, no-nonsense part-cyborg Cinderella (I don't want to give up my own real legs, but a calf-compartment for small items to take with me sounds awfully handy) + the R2D2-reminiscent servant-turned-sidekick android Iko with the romantic, girly personality and a huge royalty crush (I loved that lipstick-involving scene) but also - the extreme predictability (I know, we all are familiar with both the Grimm and the Disney version of Cinderella's bio, have probably watched enough Czech or East German variations on TV to recognize most more or less creative derivations and have gobbled down a handful of retellings in novel form. I don't refer to the main situation, but to the supposed mystery concerning a certain character's identity and another character's agenda. Exaggerated denseness in main characters lends a certain stale flavor to the impression I form of them.) - the cliffie and the - missed chance at milking the wonderful prerequisites to the max. I so looked forward to pressing my nose closely to a robotically steered hoover gliding through the illuminated, over-populated, plague-ridden, globalized city of New Beijing. But my blindfold was only removed for short intervals now and then. A pity....more
2.5 stars. A likable, strong heroine, two cute siblings, bad, bad amoral people left and right, a strange, unbelievable premise, annoying explanations2.5 stars. A likable, strong heroine, two cute siblings, bad, bad amoral people left and right, a strange, unbelievable premise, annoying explanations and developments and an unsatisfactory, vague, half-baked ending....more
Well, I cannot stand it, when characters are so dense that they cannot see their own feet, and when the reader has to wait the whole length of a bookWell, I cannot stand it, when characters are so dense that they cannot see their own feet, and when the reader has to wait the whole length of a book for the hero to mentally (i.e. in the case of Miesha) or emotionally (i.e. in the case of Kara) catch up. In addition working in that abused-robot-idea to hammer home the what-does-it-need-to-be-called-human-question has been quite unnecessary - as cute'n loyal as Dot the Bot turned out to be.
All in all it's - like Tatiana already stated - a more or less superfluous sequel to a story that did not need any kind of continuation - especially considering that said story already boasted a rather comprehensive epilogue, which briefly covered all bases....more
I had read 54% ... and still struggled to bond with any of the characters. That turned even the very unique world building into a sparkling side dishI had read 54% ... and still struggled to bond with any of the characters. That turned even the very unique world building into a sparkling side dish to a piece of meat that was hard to chew and even harder to swallow....more