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Uncanny Valley

(Uncanny Valley #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Have you ever sensed that something isn't quite right, even if you can't explain why?

Rebecca Cordeaux knows exactly what her future will hold: she will marry Andy, her crush of the last five years. Once Andy is ready to settle down, she’s sure he will discover that she is his soulmate. After several small parts on stage, Rebecca knows she can become a renowned actress. Her
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published December 11th 2017 by Wanderlust Publishing
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Miranda Reads
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Great premise, lukeworm execution

I loved the concept! Rebecca Cordeaux, an undergraduate working in a research lab, lives in a world where robots have taken over just about everything. On purpose

Robots do the menial tasks, the high precision tasks and all of the tasks humans just don't want to do...only there's nothing really left for humans to do (well, besides highly specific and creative tasks).

But lately, there's been a push to grant robots creativity through a rudimenta
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018, netgalley

I expected a lot more science fiction and not this kind of love drama that went on through the whole book. Becca isn't really sympathic and has too much feelings and yeah... nothing really happens but her inner monologues carry on for several pages...
So yes, quite a disappointing read!
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a world where robots make life easier for humans and technology puts information at everyone’s fingertips, Rebecca’s life was one filled with her personal passions. Rebecca’s father was obsessed with researching the downside to robotics until the day he mysteriously died. As her mother persists in having her brilliant daughter join a Dublin University research team to uncover the negative aspects of a completely robotic economy, Rebecca finds that robotic emotions, while possible in theory, m ...more
Lelia Taylor
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-reviews
3.5 stars

I won’t take any time re-hashing the core storyline since the publisher’s description is very thorough, almost too much so. Instead, I’ll focus on what I liked and didn’t like and, this being science fiction, my first thoughts have to be about worldbuilding.

Any speculative fiction needs a strong sense of when, where and how and I have to say there’s a lack here. Certain cities are named occasionally, like Dublin and Geneva, but I got no real sense of when this was taking place or how so
May 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I didn't finish this, and gave up around 20% of the way through. I've been trying to finish every book that I start this year, and I won this in a giveaway (which I was very excited about!), but this book isn't my speed at all.

The main character, Rebecca, is one of the most obvious Mary Sues I've seen in print. She's a twenty one year old student (double majoring in cognitive neuroscience and theater and minoring in Creative Writing, which is Always Capitalized for Some Reason) who is amazing at
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Omg! I love anything by C.A. Gray and this book...just blew my mind. The science must have taken FOREVER to research. But it is so interesting and precise that you will just want to learn more and more. The world building is freaking fantastic. Like the other series I've read by her, which I suggest wholeheartedly that you should not miss, it is suspenseful and exciting.

Liam and Rebecca are students at Dublin University. They are both working on robotic emotions. That's the simplest way I can pu
Heather-Amie   (KrimsuunPages)
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Uncanny Valley is a dystopian novel set in the future where robots perform most human jobs. The story follows are main character Rebecca, a student at a University in Dublin, Ireland.

Rebecca was a fantastically written character with a well written backstory. I loved that after the death of her Father she unknowingly had Andy replace him; which she brushes off as a crush. This added a lot more depth to her character and I felt sympathy for her and what she had gone through. She seemed more real
Ruth B
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a world where robots have taken over most human jobs, Rebecca can focus on trying to be an artist, participating in musicals and writing a novel (studying theater and Creative Writing at college). However, she not only develops the artistic side she also studies cognitive neuroscience. When the leader of the world decides that people should investigate and try to find a way to give robots the possibility to have CREATIVITY of their own, her world gives a 180-degree turn after her co-worker Li ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uncanny Valley by C.A Gray was given to me by NetGalley for my honest and unbiased opinion. Let me start out by saying that I have never really been into this style of genre. When I read it's more to relax and enjoy the story, rather than think too deeply about what's happening and try and understand out of the box concepts. Starting this book I was a bit confused with what was happening and the whole concept, and it did take me a little while to get into it. However, I am very very thankful tha ...more
Brad (AudioShelf)
I got this book for free from the author. She gave us a code in exchange for an honest review.

The performance of Melissa Williams was good. Wasn’t award winning, but it was definitely Better than some I’ve heard. Her production quality was amazing—the sound was phenomenal. Her voice was clear and concise. She didn’t have a variety of character voices which was her downfall here. There were many many characters in this book and when she reads in her normal reading voice, it was hard for my ears
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

Uncanny Valley:
- a psychological concept that describes the feelings of unease or revulsion that people tend to have toward artificial representations of human beings, as robots or computer animations, that closely imitate many but not all the features and behaviors of actual human beings.

I was so excited when I found out C. A. Gray was writing a new series! She's one of my new favorite authors, and I would
Lisa Eiff
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved reading this book! It's basically a dystopian novel where AI has run abundant in the everyday functioning of society. The characters in this novel are all well developed, and this story focuses primarily on a college student in Ireland. This book contains lots of sweet and protective moments between Rebecca and Liam; I now definitely consider Liam one of my newest 'book boyfriends'.

If you are interested in sci-fi themed dystopian books and romantic themes that are constantly ques
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story! Interesting, entertaining and thought provoking. Overall, a great read!

The characters were well developed and likeable. The plot had twists I didn't see coming - which I absolutely adore. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. And I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for book #2.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I love CA Gray! All of her books are awesome!
Yvonne Hughes
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely BRILLIANT! You've done it again! I LOVE your writing SO much.... Can't wait for the next book in THIS series!

How long before the next one is finished and ready for me to devour? So looking forward to it.
Patricia Knight
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic distopian series! Could not put this book down! Recommended reading and immersing yourself in the world of Uncanny Valley.
Amber (bookstacksamber)
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Review of story: 

Science-fiction is one of my favorite genres, but for some reason, I really don't read that many sci-fi books, so I was excited to pick this one up to review.  Uncanny Valley takes place in a world where robots have taken over many of the human jobs. Our main character Rebecca, is in university on a research team that's studying the dangers of a robot-run society.  Rebecca has a secret companion bot that is her best friend, and it's let her to have a different opinion a
C.A. Gray offers the first book in this dystopian trilogy for free on Kindle, so I was super excited to pick this one up. Though I love The Hunger Games trilogy, I have been semi-disappointed with other modern dystopias in the past. This was not the case with Uncanny Valley.


Unique Premise
Instead of grouping people into several different categories or factions such as become the norm for modern dystopia, Gray tackles a realistic threat to the fate of mankind: the manufacturing of robot
Cheryl Whitty
Reviewed on http://bookaddict.live,
Uncanny Valley is a Sci-Fi aimed for Young Adults, but it was eerily close to what we can see the future. I not going to repeat the blurb which is very detailed, so forgive me if I repeat any.
We have Rebecca who is researching about to replicate human feeling or senses for robots or Ai.
The senator has charged the research labs to replicate human emotions in robots. In this world where holographic communication is the norm. Rebecca starts out not believing the c
Guy Wheatley
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The title draws from the graph charting acceptance of something that looks human. The level of acceptance climbs until the resemblance is very close. Then it plummets until absolute mimicry is achieved. This plunge on the graph is called the uncanny valley. Usually the chart refers to physical resemblance, but Gray takes it a step further. She explores the unsettling feelings we get from something that thinks, feels, and acts almost, but not quite, human. The author’s medical background comes th ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a bit of a slow starter as it set up the characters and the new world of robots and (not so) hidden censorship. As the book continued though, I started getting really hooked and after being left with that cliffhanger, I'm really looking forwad to getting stuck into the rest of the series. However, I did find both Rebecca and Liam a bit annoying though as they kept falling into stereotyped female / male roles with Rebecca acting weak and helpless and Liam being over-protective and bossy. ...more
This book was only so-so for me. It was more romance than science fiction, with a little touch of conspiracy theory stuff thrown in. Romance isn’t my cup of tea and I was left wanting more sci-fi. The conspiracy theory stuff kept the characters running around and provided most of the interesting parts.

Rebecca was hard for me to connect with. She’s working on an upper graduate degree but often she acts like a 15 year old. Her ridiculous attraction to Andy went on too long, becoming a little mind
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this complementary copy of the book through Voracious Readers Only.

Amazing!!! I really enjoy books that cover all the aspects I am looking for! It had intrigue, thrill, romance, unrequited love, and such a delicious twist at the end!!! I love Liam. 😍

My most favorite novels are the ones where the Author creates a character SO like myself; it’s like I am living the adventure of the book firsthand. This is something I would normally read although I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the
Brittni Kelly
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Will robots try to take over the world? New spin that nods to old favorites in a different way. Love, betrayal and mystery. Keeps you on your toes. Can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Writers N Authors Book Reviews
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Uncanny Valley is a thought-provoking story that takes place in a dystopian world where robots have taken over many of the human jobs, from waitresses to medicine, the humans in the book used robots for just about everything. Robots with artificial intelligence are our own future, so love reading about worlds where robots are relied upon, maybe it will make it smoother for our own reality when it happens. Some of the scientific terminology and explanations went right over my head, but I was able ...more
Lilly Charysma
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a wonderful story! It starts from one angle and gradually turns to someplace completely different! It takes the reader to a world somewhat close to our imagination, but so far in the same time. We have a world of robots, a world where people are being replaced easily. However, some things are not what they seem .

Rebecca’s world is turned upside down once she meets Liam. She is pulled into the conspiracy theories that her father also believed. She wanted to stay away, to follow her
Pop Bop
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Girl and Her Bot

This book tries to do and to be a lot of things, but I came to suspect that many of its best moments were unintended and ancillary to the main plot thread. That's not necessarily a criticism.

On its face this is a pretty standard tale. Robots have advanced to the point that they support and maintain the economy, provide basic services, and indeed have come to dominate more advanced fields, (medicine and so on). Utopia, right? Well, maybe. On the one hand are those who believe th
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
My original Uncanny Valley audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Rebecca Cordeaux is a neuroscience student, and with interest in many other areas. Set in a future where robots have largely evolved to the point that some are afraid that they will one day eliminate the human race, Rebecca is put in charge of investigating where creativity and moral lay, in order to prevent robots to take our place in the world.

This was a quick and easy read, but I had issues connecti
Leserling Belana
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The moment I saw that this audio book would go on tour, so to say, I volunteered. I love scifi, dystopies, fantasy etc, and the synopsis sounded promising.

Set in the not too far future, robots have taken over lots of work places, leaving those, whose places they fill in, poor and destitute.

As if this wasn’t enough, the world leader in robot technique, Halpert, challenges the intellectual elite to develop AI that can have emotions, and that can learn.

Data from Star Trek–The next Generation comes
C.A. Gray
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Re-listen 12-4-21:

It's been several years since I wrote this series, and it was startling to re-listen now. So many of the ideas that were just barely on the horizon then, such as censorship, "fake news," and manipulation of the public to believe a politically correct narrative, are now commonplace. I remember when I was plotting this out, I'd heard of the first ever example of internet censorship on a major website, and I thought, how crazy would that be, if someone was actually censoring all
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Rating: 2.5

When I first heard the premise of C.A. Gray’s new book, I was instantly intrigued. Ever since I read I, Robot and saw Blade Runner, I’ve loved most stories exploring the morality and ethics surrounding AI. Unfortunately, Uncanny Valley was too bogged down with technical explanations for me to enjoy. The information included was definitely interesting but it was presented in a very info-dumpy way that disrupted the pacing of the story. While I liked the characters in general, I also t
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C.A. Gray is the author of three YA Amazon bestselling trilogies: PIERCING THE VEIL (magic and quantum physics meet Arthurian legends), THE LIBERTY BOX (dystopian metaphysics and mind control technology), and UNCANNY VALLEY (dystopian coming-of-age with neuroscience and super intelligent A.I). She starts with some scientific concept that she’s interested in learning more about herself, and then cr ...more

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