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WaR: Wizards and Robots

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  238 ratings  ·  78 reviews

An explosive action-adventure novel created by will.i.am and renowned futurist Brian David Johnson. Wizards are real, robots from the future are here, and the fate of our world rests in the hands of one unsuspecting teenager.

When a young man breaks into her home claiming her life is in danger, Ada Luring's world changes forever. Geller is a wizard, on the run from h

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Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published January 25th 2018 by Penguin
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Sara
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is, by far, one of the oddest concepts for a book ever. It centres around Ada, daughter of the first woman to create robots (enemies of wizards) and her fight to change the past in order to save the future. Basically, it's a giant mashup of every science fiction concept known to man, mixed with a sprinkle of fantasy. It's oddly compelling, but very jumbled.

The story itself, because of this mix, is strangely all over the place
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Whispering Stories
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. The synopsis sounded brilliant and reminded me of Terminator (the movie), so I was eager to start reading.

However, not long in to the book I quickly realised that it wasn't going to be a straight forward read. There was too much going on, and too many characters. At times everything became a jumble and I was re-reading pages just to fully understand them.

The idea for the book sounds good, but the execution not so. Less characters, less secondary plots and more
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Elaine
Rating 3.5/5

“There is no end . . . The past is the present is the future.”

This story is set in three different time periods but is essentially an endeavour to thwart enemies by using knowledge, skills and talents from the different times. However, that really is an over simplistic way of describing this action packed story of wizards and robots endeavouring to protect the Earth and mankind from an alien invasion . . . .

Events in all three time periods are portrayed as separate threads which beco
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Jen
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
There was a lot going on in this book - Wizards, Robots, Aliens, Time Travel and though I was amazed and excited at the possibilities sadly the phrase; Too many cooks spoil the broth definitely applies here. The Wizards use of magic felt limited for such supposed all powerful beings, there was no solid explanation for the Alien's presence and I was left with more questions than answers by the end of the book.

The story as a whole was really good and we got a glimpse into two distant futures. It
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Chelsies Reading Escape
Dec 03, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018-releases
OMG Is this really a thing. Lmao. Still going read it though.
Maria
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's a fun, young-adult, sci-fi/fantasy adventure.

Ada Luring is a teenager living an average life when her world is turned upside down. The plot is set some years into the future and there are a lot of references to futuristic technological advances throughout, which make the story interesting and thought-provoking. It sparks the imagination with ideas of future technology and how people could be living in the next couple of hundred years. The fun thing about fantasy
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CerysAnne
I first went into this book not expecting to like it. Futuristic novels that involve robots and wizards? I didn't think it'd be my thing and it probably isn't, but with WaR: Wizards and Robots... It surprised me, and I've ended up loving this book so much that I am officially deeming it my favourite read of 2018 so far. It was such an action packed novel, one with a plot unlike anything I've ever read, and one with characters who're just so real and strong that I could very easily relate to them ...more
Sepia
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an e-arc from netgalley.

This is a book about Wizards and Robots being enemies and trying to destroy each other. It centres around Ada and Geller trying to save Earth.

I really enjoyed this book and found it very easy to read. I found the time travel aspect interesting and it's one of the few books I've read about robots.

I liked both of the main characters and found that they had a lot of depth to them.

I don't know what else to say about this book other than you should read it without
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Anaïs
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Review of Wizards and Robots! :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrmow... ...more
Jordanne
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay so this book really surprised me. When I first saw the title in NetGalley my first reaction was:

'Wizards and Robots? That sounds stupid.' Stupid enough for me to want more information and request it just for the hell of it - figuring if they accepted it'd be an interesting experience and if they didn't, no real loss.

I probably should have read the description since it explicitly states one of the co-authors is will.i.am
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Nick Burdett
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I was reluctant when I first heard about this book. It sounded like a throw everything into the mix and hope something sticks was thought process. In reality, the story really does blend, robots, wizards, humans, and a whole host of other things and it does so very well.

I stormed through this book in 2 days. Could have done with being longer. Hopefully there will be a follow up.

Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

That was a quick and fun read, even though I think it was too quick, and could’ve been developed into something a little longer without losing its focus or just filling pages: there was definietely a lot going on in this story, what’s with robots and wizards, of course, but also aliens and time travel!

I found the plot easy enough to follow, which isn’t always the case when time travel is concerned. I liked the two (three?) worlds depicted, too:
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Nikki
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this book from the publishers, via Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review.
What did I just read?!?!
I want to say at the start of this that the e-ARC I received was very poorly formatted and line numbering was left in for each and every line in the book (nor sentence either). So that make it almost impossible to read. However I am trying not to let that colour my review. It did make it harder to follow and I’m certain I missed bits because of it.
Having said all that though. What
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Carolyn
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I had an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review. Overall I have to say that I enjoyed reading it, especially as the book went on and I began to see how the various timelines and subplots worked together. There are problems, characters tend towards being underdeveloped, especially minor characters; the swapping time periods at the beginning when there seems to be no links seems rather confusing; there are a few subplots and questions left unresolved with no hints that they will be f ...more
Carolyn
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I had an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review. Overall I have to say that I enjoyed reading it, especially as the book went on and I began to see how the various timelines and subplots worked together. There are problems, characters tend towards being underdeveloped, especially minor characters; the swapping time periods at the beginning when there seems to be no links seems rather confusing; there are a few subplots and questions left unresolved with no hints that they will be f ...more
LuEllen Denham
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
WAR: Wizards & Robots by Will.I.Am & David Johnson

Title - WAR: Wizards & Robots
Author - Will.I.Am and David Johnson
Published - Jan '18
Publisher - Penguin
Genre - #Action #Adventure
Pages - 320
Price - Hardback - £8.05 Kindle - £8.99
ISBN - 0141360682

When someone breaks into Ada's home claiming her life is in danger. Geller is a Wizard and his father and their clan want Ada and her mother Sara dead. Why? Because Sara is a scientist and she is about to create the first Robot. Wizards and Robots are
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Pauline
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting premise but it was so convoluted it was difficult to follow. Many characters with similar names and going back and forth between timelines made the narrative clunky and awkward. This is marketed as teens but reads more for 11-14 market.
Karen Barber
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Sometimes not everything available on NetGalley is worth it.
Nicole Sweeney
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles.

I wanted to like this book. I thought it would be a light and fun read that I could enjoy over the weekend, but it just wasn’t for me. Ada and her mum are entering a competition to create a robot with the most human intelligence, meanwhile there’s a band of wizards from the past (who were almost wiped out by a group of time travelling robots who are being mind controlled by a force known as the Spawn), hellbent on stopping them from creating
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Rebecca Armstrong

Sara Luring is the founder of robot's, the age-old foes of wizards. The wizards have sent a team to hunt down Sara and stop robots from being created. Geller, a wizard and Ada Luring, Sara's daughter must learn to work together with the robots to change the past and secure the future. But they don't have much time before a mysterious enemy launches its attack on Earth...



As a pre-warning, I've tried to be objective but I found this book very difficult to read due to it being a really poorly forma
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Ceecee
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t normally read YA books but this is Will.i.am who has to be one of the coolest guys on the planet! Sighs. If only I was ten years younger. Oh ok then then twenty🤣. There were so many brilliant ideas in this book as you might expect, such as the hoodie that became a bike helmet and the super charged bike. The story switches between 1489 and Predjama castle, 2052 in Florida and 3019 in Rio and Switzerland. In 1489 the castle was overwhelmed by iron men, in Florida we meet Ada one of the cen ...more
Motherbooker
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From my review at motherbookerblog.com:

"Okay so, spoiler alert, Wizards and Robots is a YA book about wizards and robots. I know, I know. It’s a shocking piece of information but it was going to come up at some point in this review so we might as well get it over with as soon as possible. WAR is set in the year 2052 where robots are starting to become standard tech for everybody. Everything is run by computers and there are security drones constantly policing the skies. We meet Ada Luring, a tee
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Clare
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted at Dual Reads
Copy received for honest review

This was just the most fun. You need to suspend disbelief a little going into this book because there is a lot going on and if you think too hard about it, it may stop making sense. But honestly I was so pleasantly surprised by how well put together this story was. And besides - I actually love reading something wacky and out there with everything happening because I read to escape to other worlds and this was a very
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Gemma McGee
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Ever since I heard at YALC that Will.i.am was bring out a YA book I was really intrigued to read it.



When a man called Geller break into Ada Lurings home and tells her that he is a wizard, and he has come to save her life. Ada finds it very hard to believe;

He is a Wizard
A Group of Wizard are coming to kill her and her mother for creating the first true Robot.
Geller quickly convinces Ada that what he says is true, and rush off to save her mother. Things start to become even weirder when trying to
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I Blog A Little Bit Of Everything
Oh my goodness!
This book was amazing! I can’t even fully comprehend everything right now!

This book takes place over 4 time periods, 1489, 1502 (?), 2052 and 3010, but predominantly 2052.

The beginning (first chapter / 12ish pages) was a little confusing, but the more you read of the book, the more it makes sense because the past is the present is the future.

The opening chapter was fully action packed, but the tone and pace completely changes when you get to chapter two and it just keeps you co
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Julie
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read, reviewed
This is a children's book therefore it is short. The concept is one of a world (our world effectively) in which there is magic (wielded by Wizards) and also Robots (who have come from the future).

The main characters are a schoolgirl named Ada Luring (and her mum Sara) and a boy wizard named Geller (son of the Wizard Elder).

Geller has been asleep for 500 years and his nightmares have awoken him. His father sends him on a mission with a group of Wizards aiming to destroy the 'first robot'. Things
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Julie
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a children's book therefore it is short. The concept is one of a world (our world effectively) in which there is magic (wielded by Wizards) and also Robots (who have come from the future).

The main characters are a schoolgirl named Ada Luring (and her mum Sara) and a boy wizard named Geller (son of the Wizard Elder).

Geller has been asleep for 500 years and his nightmares have awoken him. His father sends him on a mission with a group of Wizards aiming to destroy the 'first robot'. Things
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Tim
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Robots destroying medieval castles, wizards hiding for centuries in caves, time travelling robots protecting the planet from aliens from another universe - welcome to the mind of the multi-talented will.i.am. It shouldn't work but somehow it does.

I've been drawn to the quirky personality of will.i.am since his first appearance on The Voice UK and just had to give this book a chance - particularly with a title like Wizards and Robots.

Will has enlisted the help of author Brian David Johnson to pen
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Rawan Manjal
Jun 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-books
I just picked this up at the bookstore on a whim since the cover and title looked pretty cool (I know, when will I ever learn), but when I went back home and looked at the reviews I found out that this isn't exactly the most well-loved book out there. Nevertheless, I started reading it. The beginning was a bit confusing and I had to pay close attention while reading, but it was fun and enjoyable. The more I read, though, the worse this became. There were so many subplots and things that just don ...more
Michelle B
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of will.i.am (his musical talent, charitable work and his commitment to technological projects) I was pleased to hear that he had co-written a book. I was fascinated by the synopsis and wanted to read WaR.
The story kept me entertained throughout. I thought how it jumped back and forth in time really worked. The interactions between the worlds of humans, wizards and robots was brilliant. I loved the characters of Geller (a wizard), Kaku, Kipp (who are both robots) and Ada (a human) for h
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