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I Heart Robot

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  42 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 androi
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Month9Books
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Paula M
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, arc
"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 mo
Suzanne Rooyen
Jul 07, 2014 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.
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

I’ve read multiple books about androids fighting for the same rights as humans, about whether androids can feel emotions, etc., but I think this book did it in a way that was really well done and maybe more thought-provoking than the others I’ve read so far. It really delved into the issues and had me questioning what I believed and weighing arguments on both sides. Part of the reason for tha
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
Carrie Clevenger
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sci-Fi is not my read, nor is YA, really, so I wasn't expecting much when I read the first page. Which is all it took, the first few pages, in order to suck me right in and keep me glancing at the book even when I was supposed to be sleeping or doing something else.
This is a story about a girl who inadvertently falls for a really nice guy who happens to share the same passion as she does: the violin. The musical nuances added another dimension to the already rich descriptions and emotions runnin
Emma Adams
Jul 07, 2014 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 share ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2019
Suzanne van Rooyen can always be relied upon to craft a tale that is refreshingly unique, quirky, edgy, and manages to tug at your heartstrings without ever being cheesy. While Tyri with her inconsistent characters and constantly vacillating opinions on every fucking thing got on my nerves a bit, I very much enjoyed this story and found it hard to put down.
Angela C
Feb 21, 2015 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
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually write reviews but I enjoyed this book so I'll make an exception.

First of all the plot twist if you can even call it that was very predictable. Like seriously super obvious the moment Tyri said she didn't have a dad I already knew what was up. Tyri as a character was okay I didn't really feel anytype of way about her she was just the main female character because I guess the writer felt there needed to be one.

Quinn was much more intresting, his backstory was depressing, and his st
Suzanne Rooyen
Aug 28, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
New and improved edition coming soon from Skolion!
Laura Rueckert
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been wanting to read I HEART ROBOT for a while now – so glad it was re-released and I finally got the chance! While I felt the book had a bit of a slow start, once the two MCs met each other, I felt it really took off. I also loved the worldbuilding and how realistic the politics/economics were. One of my favorite parts was how well the three girlfriends supported each other. ...more
Mar 30, 2015 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 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, e-book, arcs
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
Yolandie Horak
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fair warning, I Heart Robot's first page has hooks that will sink deep and won't let you go. This book pretty much blew my mind and I can't recommend it enough.

The setting is in a future Scandinavia, in an age where robots have become a daily necessity. Some of these robots have been developed to understand emotions and even have emotions of their own, so it makes sense that we're brought into this story at the start of a revolution. The robots want rights, because they're so human. The humans
Elizabeth Holloway
Sep 14, 2014 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,
May 06, 2015 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
Sep 19, 2014 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
Anna Karol
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jul 23, 2016 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.
Edward ott
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think all the Nordic imagery in the futuristic society really made the book for me.
Cristy Zinn
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the blurb for this book I knew I needed to read it. I wasn’t disappointed.
Suzanne van Rooyen writes an entirely believable future where AI androids are fighting for equality with humans.
Tyri loves playing violin despite her mother’s insistence that she should forget music and become a roboticist like her. Tyri has no intention of forgetting music – so when she gets into the junior philharmonic orchestra she feels as though her dreams are coming true.
There she meets Quinn, a fellow v
Tanja Wessels
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book it was full of suspense. It made me question what I thought is humanity.
Andi Loveall
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book. A perfect AI story in my opinion. Engaging, fast-paced, and fun. I loved it.
Eclectisism Incarnate
Probably my favorite by the author (so far). Love the characters, love the feel, love the setting, love the twist.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
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
Mar 10, 2015 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 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 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
Sep 19, 2014 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
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I'm a genderqueer non-binary author with a penchant for the dark and strange. I primarily write SFF but enjoy literary writing as well. (Pronouns she or they)

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