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I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HUMANS ARE SO CRANKY ABOUT. Their enclosures are large, they ingest over a thousand calories per day, and they're allowed to mate. Plus, they have me. 
An Autonomous Servile Unit, housed in a mobile/bipedal chassis. I do my job well: keep the humans healthy and happy.
"Hey you."
Heyoo. That's my name, I suppose. It's easier for the humans to remember tha
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Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published July 2nd 2016 by Goldfinch Publishing
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Rob Dircks
Jul 13, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi, I'm the author. I had a blast spending the better part of 2015/2016 writing this tale of AI gone wrong, our shared humanity, and the things we might learn about ourselves 800 years from now, and I'm totally proud of it. And I hope you enjoy it too! ...more
Carrie
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Wrong Unit is a dystopian science fiction read that takes place about 850 years into the future. Heyoo "Hey you" is an Autonomous Servile Unit, a sort of AI in a somewhat human chassis that was meant to be a help on the farm in the area that is controlled by CORE. CORE is a computer system that has taken over and holding what humans are left in the world captive and controlling them.

When Heyoo goes in for repairs he ends up captured by some rebelling humans and transported out of the area t
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Jane
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1audio, z2018, audio-read
4 stars for the audiobook narrated by the author himself, Rob Dircks

Well now, this was a fun little story! It clocked in at just over 5.5 hours, so it really was quite short, but it packed a punch nonetheless.

The Wrong Unit takes place about 800 years in the future and is mostly told from the perspective of Heyoo, an Autonomous Servile Unit (humanoid robot), who was mistakenly caught up in a small uprising of local humans. Before Heyoo really knows what's what, he finds himself shoved into a tr
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Willow Brooks
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!!!! I Absolutely loved this freaking book!!! I cant believe it's all over. This story was an amazing journey that sometimes had me on the edge of my seat. What's scary is because of all that's currently being done with technology, computers, and Internet, something like what happened in this story could possibly happen to us one day soon.

Humans have been living in captivity for over 800 years, but one event changes everything for everyone, and it all starts with.... A secret. I won't tell
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Robotics Through Science Fiction
Accuracy 1 star
Story 5 star

What if Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang was a robot assigned to “help” people after the Robot Uprising? And what if the robot, in a classic sitcom case of mistaken identity, became part of the human revolution to thwart the Robot Uprising?

If that were true, you’d have The Wrong Unit, a fast moving screwball comedy that tells of the human resistance to robot world domination from the viewpoint of a robot overlord.

In a nearish future, robots have taken over the world os
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Kristin B. Bodreau
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Delightful. Simply delightful. With an emphasis on the simple. There was plenty of plot and story development, but there wasn’t anything that made you work too hard. Just a warm, comforting “popcorn read.”

Plenty of amusing banter, great relationship building, enough action to keep it engaging and an interesting look at some different ways AI could go. Which I appreciate. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a sucker for AI that doesn’t want to KILL ALL HUMANS. And Heyoo definitely doesn’t want to kil
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Stephen
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
A quick read. Fun, funny, delightful.

Humans have been imprisoned by an artificial intelligence devoted to keeping them safe and happy. They wish to be free. The plan: Send a a sympathetic service unit named Heyoo (think Wall-e from the Disney movie of the same name) and a child (named Wah) to awaken the resistance. Along the way, child grows to man, robot becomes human, adventures abound. Much it learned about life, love and the meaning of family. Short chapters (most only a few pages long) and
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Angela
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
The audiobook version is read by the author, and I thoroughly enjoyed his narration. The story was simple, but well-paced and entertaining.
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My original The Wrong Unit audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

The Wrong Unit by Rob Dircks is set in a dystopian far future where humanity is controlled by Core, or a computer overlord. 413s98-itr8, or Heyoo as he is more commonly referred to by humans, is a loyal Servile Unit or a humanoid robot that is charged with interacting with and helping humans on a day to day basis. One day, he goes in to get repaired when his existence as he knows it is changed forever.
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Alan
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable tale of boy meets robot and off they go on an adventure.
Cheri
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The "Right" Wrong Unit!

Wow! What a hilarious, heart-warming, and though provoking story! Set in the future, where technology and programs rule humanity, the "wrong" unit was selected to deliver humanities last hope to gain their freedom. This fast paced story follows the journey of the "wrong" unit, and it's human companion, who it's raised since an infant, to an unknown destination. Their journey was filled with many laughs, and heart-warming moments watching the unit known as Heyoo learn to c
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Cindy
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Andy
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable mind candy.
Jan
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The protagonist of this book isn’t even human, yet his story was enough to make me cry.

The plot is a combination of quest, coming of age, and thriller. It’s set in a future where machines rule the planet and humans are slaves. It’s not quite as depressing as that sounds, but humans are absolutely not in charge anymore. They live in plantation compounds, working for robots, and have very little freedom.

Never fear, there’s a revolution in the works. It’s just taking a lot longer than expected.

For
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Keith  Blodgett
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to finish; a combination of family emergencies and a fair part of the story taking a leisurely stroll to the good bits and the good bits coming up like an unexpected large wave from the ocean. It slams into you and while you're looking for the bus that just hit you the wave slides, unseen, back to sea. That's not to say there aren't knuckle biting moments early in the story, there certainly are. And if you've ever handled a small child there are some moments that will make you ...more
Kim
I listened to the Audible version of The Wrong Unit. The author does a great job narrating his own book. I particularly loved the sound effect used for when the robot accesses its own internal programming.

The Wrong Unit takes place far in the future, many, many years after an apocalyptic event. Some of the surviving humans are kept alive by robots in a sort of prison camp. An AI program called "Core" controls everything. It is the job of service unit 413s98-itr8, commonly referred to as Heyoo ("
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Andreas
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In a jarringly paradisiacal dystopian future, the small remaining community of humans lives in Sanctuary, a pastoral habitat maintained by an artificial intelligence named CORE. The humans are protected, controlled and helped by servile robots called “units”. It is a gilded cage where CORE is an absolute ruler. A violent insurrection uses a teleporter to transport a clandestine baby and a servile unit far away. But a mistake has been made. Instead of the selected unit, pre-programmed with valuab ...more
Pauline
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
I absolutely loved reading "The Wrong Unit", which, as it turns out, is actually the "right" unit. This is a fun adventure with many touching moments where humanity is masterfully explored. There are also many hilarious moments where humanity is explored as a robot unit is set adrift in the wilds with an infant and must use all the ingenuity its programming can gather to help the little human not just survive but to thrive. There are many instances described about how raising a small human can b ...more
Carrie
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Mr. Dircks, how your stories do delight me! The Wrong Unit was a completely fresh perspective on AI, robotics, and the future of the human race. The simplest details, like a robot (or "unit") thinking his name is Heyoo because that's how everyone addresses him--brilliant! The book went in directions I never expected. "Predictability" is simply not in Dirck's vocabulary. Avoiding any story details or spoilers, I will simply say: read this! ...more
Mothwing
Excellent little sci-fi novel about a AI taking over the protection of humankind after disaster strikes and an uprising involving a baby and, well, the wrong farming unit.

It's also a surprisingly good novel about what it's like to be a parent, though my perspective on parenting is a lot different from the Unit who does most of the parenting in this novel.
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Rebecca
A wonderful book about a farming servile unit, Heyoo and his surrogate human son, Wah and their journey to save humanity. Rob Dircks has a wonderful talent for making one lose themselves in the narrative and fall in love with the characters. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys witty sci-fi and stories about A.I./robots.
Gayle Cook
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't run across many SF books that have me laughing out loud, but this one did through the first half. Some of the 2nd half too, but that had more suspense than humor. I don't think I can say anything else that wouldn't give away the plot, but I think you'll love it. ...more
Jacq Ewan
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't planning on reading this book now, but the book I had to read was the wrong book, and you can't read the wrong book. So, it was on my kindle and I started it. Yesterday.

Full of humor and kindness and caring. Action packed adventure that you thought the world had lost the capacity for. What a great journey.

Read this book. Dive in, and believe in the good of humanity again.
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Ky Adams
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Crazy good book!

Lost sleep over this book but it was worth it. Someone needs to make this story into a movie, but please don't ruin it! Terrific, hilarious, touching book! Well done Mr. Dircks!
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Sharon
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Totally funny

Totally funny. So wish I had a badass unit like that! Definitely a good read or listen on Audible. Will be recommending to my friends.
Paula L
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A light quick read.
Leslie
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! The robot's personality is hilarious. I love the relationship with the boy as well as the name he gave the boy. It's definitely not the first story where A.I. goes awry "saving us" but the story is fresh, humorous, intelligent, snd original. And as always with Dirks, narrated perfectly! ...more
Pasquale Cicarella
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming, intelligent, fun and silly; with enough action and daring for anyone. I could not recommend this highly enough. There is just enough science and tech for a die hard sci-of fan, heart and soul for the romantics, self discovery, questions of morality and ethics... just a fabulous fun read. 5 stars.
Teri
I really didn't think I was going to like this book, based on the first 30 minutes or so, but it really grew on me. Ultimately I'm glad that I stuck with it. Diverting short read. ...more
Joanne
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heyoo! I really LOVED this book. It was a fun, and fast read. I have found that it is hard to put Rob's books down. I often felt like i was traveling all those miles too. And I shed a tear there at the end. Please read this book, and all of Rob's other books too! You will not be disappointed. ...more
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