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Boy Robot

(Untitled Trilogy #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  542 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut.

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
Published November 15th 2016 by Simon Pulse (first published October 25th 2016)
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Kristy It is graphic and nasty and constant. There is bullying bordering on torture and graphic rape for nearly every character. There is only one consensual…moreIt is graphic and nasty and constant. There is bullying bordering on torture and graphic rape for nearly every character. There is only one consensual sex scene and the male dies a horrific death during the scene. As someone who has watched and read the Game of Thrones series, I'm begging you to go with a different series for your library. I highly recommend the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown for my readers who like dark, violent sci-fi.(less)
Clarke Daniels The MC is gay and there are a number of other gay guys in the book (I think at least two not including the MC) and there is a bit of romance between…moreThe MC is gay and there are a number of other gay guys in the book (I think at least two not including the MC) and there is a bit of romance between the MC and another character. The trans character does not get a lot of time (I think she just gets a chapter?) but she is there. There are some other coded characters but these are the only ones stated to be queer.(less)

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Maria (Big City Bookworm)

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’
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
I should probably vomit a list of trigger warnings attached to Boy Robot because there are things that happen that may be off-putting to the masses. And I will in due time.

For now, you can just enjoy this flatlay image as my means of promo:

--Actual review to come (in like 4 months?). Between a high 3/low 4 probably. TBD.
Jesse Nicholas
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books, lgbt, sci-fi

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.

The Good
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!

The best aspect
Laina SpareTime
Mar 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Edited: TWs for abuse like whoa and a lot of transphobia - be kind to yourself reading the review (let alone the book).

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
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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
Cale Dietrich
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I adored this book! It’s so much fun to read, and it's such an interesting and different take on robots. The characters are also great, and the action scenes are seriously next level. I can’t wait for book 2!!
Xan West
Feb 22, 2017 marked it as do-not-read  ·  review of another edition
I am choosing not to read this book, because of the trans representation, child abuse and sexual assault content. I found this review especially helpful in making this decision: http://lainahastoomuchsparetime.blogs...

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
Corey Gibson
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was an emotional roller that pulls at your heartstrings just before igniting into a science fiction action sequence. It addresses some very hard issues but in a very non-preaching way ...yet this book leaves you excited about the amazing adventure you know is about to come. Love this book.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Empezamos flojo el año de lectura.
Un libro de 500 páginas en el que se la pasan huyendo de acá para allá sin explicarte demasiado y recién en el último capítulo llegan algunas explicaciones, justito cuando se termina. Garronete total.
Meghan Coffey
Jan 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book actually doesn't deserve any stars at all. Initially, I didn't want to read it. The synopsis didn't draw me in, didn't seem like my kind of thing. I only picked it up for the sake of my book club.
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.
Andrea: BookStoreFinds
DNF. I hate not finishing books. But I've been reading this one for 3 days now and I'm still not hooked. Plus I'm only 100 pages in.

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
kelly {BookCrushin}
Dear lord this was amazing. I almost want to read it again right now. Seriously, I can't even believe the freaking cliff I am dangling on right now! This is a terrifyingly beautiful sci-fi world that feels all too realistic & quite possibly already true!
Stephanie L (catteabooks)
Just finished. Where can I sign up to be a Robot? Full review to come!
Briar's Reviews
Boy Robot by Simon Curtis

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
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Boy robot the book that will give light in your darkest days"

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
Brenda Ayala
Nov 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: signed, yallwest-2016
There is no point to a great deal of this book. Ridiculous amounts of brutality coupled with no reason for this brutality makes a superfluous amount of unsettling situations that are clearly only designed to make the reader uncomfortable.

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
Mar 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
I didn't finish this book. I got 100 pages in and figured I would quit.

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
Ven Corbet
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
I despise this book. I am LGBT. Let me tell you why. This review is rife with spoilers, but I suggest you read it anyways so you know exactly why you shouldn't waste even a dollar on this absolute garbage. My review is organized by section so you can see what I'm talking about.


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
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the highly imaginative novel, "Boy Robot" Isaak's life changes on his eighteenth birthday when he suffers the excruciating pain of a headache that results in a freak accident, instant healing and being kicked out of the only home he's ever known. Given one more night in his familiar surroundings he's pulled from his bed by Azure an enigmatic girl with incredible power who saves him from the Sheriffs, a team of soldiers sent to kill him.

Fleeing from a secret military organization and questioni
"I have this human heart
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
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
The copy I received was a Riveted at YallWest exclusive ARC or bound manuscript (there's no label on it). I wasn't quite sure what I was expecting when I picked up a ticket for it, but from the title, I would've guessed sci-fi. I eventually looked it up on GR when I got home, and it seemed intriguing (despite my pickiness about sci-fi), so I dove into it.

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
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine that you've just turned 18, and you've had these pounding headaches ever since your birthday began. Then, imagine that you're "parents" don't love you and are willing to kick you out on the street when they learn that you're a robot. You're also on the run from the government organization SHRF who is intent on killing you. And, oh yeah, you have superpowers.

From beginning to end, Boy Robot will have you on the edge of your seat. The action is gratifying, but the parallel between robot di
Jun 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Awful! Really awful! It's violent and gruesome and unredeemable. The chapters are very oddly organized and the character POV changes at random in mid chapter multiple times. It has disjointed writing and is hard to follow. And it takes until page 290 for any character to question whether mass murder was really the only solution! There is rape, gang rape, and the single consensual sex scene ends with a completely nasty death. Every single robot character endures horrific, brutal bullying and even ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You're eighteen. You're alone. Unwanted. You don't even know who or what you are. You're being chased. People want to kill you. For reasons unbeknownst to you. That is the life of Issak. He doesn't want to believe what he finds out about himself. But he is given no choice. He is what he is and he must live and survive with it. He is a Robot. And one very powerful and very much wanted Robot. Fleeing for his life and discriminated against make this book so very powerful. From the first I was almos ...more
Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, young-adult
Intense, brutal and brilliant.
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
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was literally the dumbest book. From the extremely long chapters about useless characters who had no part in the book to the laughable awkward love scenes that were cringe worthy to was all over the place. The theme seemed promising at first but it was so poorly written it didn't make it far. The overall theme/action from each character was to literally brutality kill your enemies and those who hurt you to get revenge and then live with those who accept you and you'll be good. Li ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smart, electric debut with fast-paced action, solid characters, and great setup. About 2/3 through the book I realized this would not be a standalone novel. However, enough details were given and back story and reasoning explained to make this a thrilling first effort. Looking forward to the next installment.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: alaac16, arcs, fbcya
DNF. Sloppily written and vulgar at times. Not for me.
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Decent...if unspectacular take on gay science fiction.

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
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had a great time falling into the world Curtis created in "Boy Robot." There were several times I found myself speed reading to see how certain twists would play out, and I thoroughly enjoyed many of the characters introduced. Certain parts were a bit predictable and the journey to LA felt a bit dragged out, but what road trips aren't? I was also a little bummed that the relationship with Jonathan at the beginning was not explored more (especially because Isaak kept brining him up), but I read ...more
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