There once was a boy who was made, not created.
In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.
His adoptive parents were killed, a myst ...more
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Boy Robot has been on my watch list for a while now. I had first heard about it a while back when a few other book blogger friends of mine had been discussing it. I was then offered the opportunity to read an advanced copy thanks to the lovely people over at Simon & Schuster Canada! I was way to excited when I found it in my mailbox and I absolutely could not wait to dive in. Boy Robot turned out to be more than I expected. I didn’t really want to know much about it before starting it and I’m gl ...more
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--Actual review to come (in like 4 months?). Between a high 3/low 4 probably. TBD. ...more
Boy Robot by Simon Curtis is the first book in an untitled trilogy about a boy who finds out he was born a robot and now must go on the run to a safe haven or be executed by a secret government military unit.
Boy Robot was such a thrill to read. I loved the cat and mouse feel from beginning to end. As a reader you never felt like the characters were safe... because they weren't. With car chases, robotic super powers, dark and gritty backstories, Boy Robot has it all! ...more
Cross-posted from my blog where there's more information on where I got my copy and everything.
This is gonna be a long review. This book did not work for me and I have seven pages of notes on why. Go get a snack because we're gonna be here a while. There may be spoilers, depending on what you consider a spoiler... honestly there will probably be spoilers. If you want to avoid th ...more
Boy Robot is one of those books that pretty much does what it says on the tin. Our lead character here is a boy, and well, he's a robot. There by cue some secret government conspiracy wackiness ensues.
I will say straight up that there are elements of this book that really work. I found the action scenes to be well pretty done and interesting, they have a slight X-Men vibe with telekinesis and shielding powers that lead to some interesting id ...more
Full review to come closer to release date, but here is a sneak preview of what I thought.
Trigger warning for violence, rape, and general bad language.
Wow. This might be the best book I read this year. I know I only rated it four stars but that is for little things that didn't really detract from my reading but I wanted more from these pieces because the rest of the novel was SO good. There was the right mix of Science ...more
This description of the trans representation made it clear the book is not for me, and something other trans readers need to know about:
"Most of the trans character's time in the book is spent suffering in a flashback and then she only shows up for a minute or two and doesn't real ...more
Fleeing from a secret military organization and questioni ...more
But holy crap, this book was BAD. I only made it as far as the second chapter (page 63, holy crap) before I quit. The pacing was bad: everything that's written is way too rushed and it feels like every disaster that happens is for the sake of plot points and not actually weaving a good story. ...more
I love science fiction. It's my fav genre. But I just can't get into Boy Robot. Maybe it's timing or maybe it's the wishy washy writing style? It's had alternating POV's which would be fine if it was between characters generally. But it's between characters where Issac is in first person and the other, which I believe are flash backs to Azure's changing, are in thi ...more
Literally the second-ish chapter follows a robot girl being bullied by a group of guys and girls. They violently abuse her both verbally and physically, to the point that her secret superpowers surface and blast all of them to smithereens. Frankly, it was a pre ...more
PLOT AND PROTAGONIST:
Just to start from the absolute basics of writing and literature, the plotting for this story is nonexistent. Its pacing is horrible and there's no real sense of an antagonist or what the climax will b ...more
When Simon Curtis announced that he was writing a book my mind raced of all the possibilities. What was released was nothing I ever expected! (This is a good thing folks) when boy robot came out all the anticipation finally to get my hands on this Book with that gorgeous beautiful cover. Simply amazing. I read the excerpts online and couldn't wait to binge this book!! As much as an avid reader I am I wanted to truly feel this book for ...more
In some ways, it was both predictable (in the part-human, part-robot, non-humans being hunted down by the government sort of way) and surprisi ...more
My mother told me so
She said, 'This shit can go to pieces, boy, be careful...'"
-OneRepublic, "Lift Me Up"
Enough book bloggers were raving about this book that after months of my library not ordering it, I finally special-ordered it from Sacramento. Worth it.
It's a commanding read, completely unputdownable, even when the story shifts into horrifying violence - which it often does, especially when digging into the backstories of the other Robots besides our protagonist, Isa ...more
This was not an enjoyable book. I found myself questioning how this got through publishing. The story feels as if someone made it up as they went along. The writing style is confusing and repetitive, not to mention cheesy. Whenever a new chapter started, I couldn't tell if a new character was being introduced or a previously existing one was having a flashback. There are completely pointless bits of information, like a charac ...more
I finished it in one sitting because once I started I couldn't put it down. This has got to be at the top of the list for my favourite books of 2016.
There seems to be a lot of comments on the violence. It dealt with some dark themes but I didn't feel like the violence was gratuitous and it would have been an injustice to the characters and the story to brush over it or do a 'fade to black' kinda thing. These stories need to be told and I think Simon handled it bri ...more
UPDATE: Here I am, 2 years after I first read this book, writing an updated review. No matter what I did, this book wouldn't leave my head. It followed me like a nightmare.
I've never given a book a one-star rating before, and I think my distain for it caused me to block most of its contents out of my mind. I'm not sure if I just enjoy torturing myself or if my own curiosity got the best of me, but I decided to give this book a second go and to give it ...more
Boy Robot is a unique read by Simon Curtis that should be a must read for young readers everywhere.
I would like to start off by saying this is not my favourite book - but it is good. Recently I've been finding more and more books I'm reading are fantastic, but just not in my wheelhouse. I did enjoy this book and I think it'd be a fantastic addition to another Young Adult/Young Reader bookshelf (whether personal or in a school) but I personally won't be grasping and holdi ...more
So, what's this book all about? Seventeen-year-old Isaak discovers he's a robot shortly before his adoptive parents are killed. He's saved from the or ...more
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