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REVOLUTIONS HAVE ALWAYS QUESTIONED WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN, BUT THIS ONE IS ASKING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MACHINE.

The creation of the twelve skyward cities did more for mankind than the renaissance of old. With them came a new species created to serve the ideals of the future. To Calista Ridley, an android is an android, just like heroes are little more than fairy tales.
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Published June 14th 2018 by Mecha Panda Publishing
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C.E. Clayton
One of my favorite things in sci-fi is the question of what it means to be human, and when do machines cross that line into being truly alive, capable of free will, of questioning their makers, of wanting to be a part of this thing called “life”. “Urban Heroes” leans hard into that question and I love it. You have the main character, Calista, who is on the run from the uprising between man and machine she was accidentally a part of. Calista is a pilot, which means she has an almost symbiotic ...more
Amanda Tipper
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love that this is part of a series but can also be a stand alone novel. While I do suggest reading Violent Skies, it's not necessary to enjoy Urban Heroes.

This story centers around Calista, who believes an android is an android, just like heroes are little more than fairy tales. She's on the run from her past and it's quickly catching up to her. There are floating cities, moral questions, longstanding friendships and well written fight scenes. The novel crosses a few genres and can be
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Justine
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Urban Heroes was a quick gripping novel!

The pacing was amazing. I had no trouble connecting with Calista. Connected right away, just from a brief exposure from her was enough. Invested enough to go through till the end.

Calista is such an independent being, headstrong, strict, and a great pilot. I like her. Displayed in the book, independence could her biggest flaw. As pointed out by her friend, Bree, no one is an army. She had done everything on her own, there are people around her that will
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Esther Jones
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting, unexpectedly heartbreaking read.

"Urban Heroes" starts firmly in media res and took me on a whirlwind journey. I wasn't quite sure where the story was going at the start, but as more and more details were revealed about the desolate, broken future Calista Ridley inhabits, I found myself gasping over the depth and weight of the story.

Without giving anything away, "Urban Heroes" at its core dares to explore what happens to people on the other side of a revolution, and what the
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Michael
I wanted to like this novel but it was hard. It's a second volume in a series, and while it's described as a stand-alone book, I found much of it confusing and hard to follow. Characters come and go, without really explaining why they're part of the story, which to me was a negative. Bree, for example, a young girl appears and later disappears without much impact on the story, although the experience certainly affected Captain Calista. Various androids also appear for extended periods without ...more
Himanish Prabhakar
My review is 4.3 stars.

I heard that this book belongs to a series by the author, but I didn't have the first one so I read this one and very pleased to say that it's like a standalone part in the same series. Now after reading this one, I have the hunger to read it's predecessor also. This book is my first read by the author and on-base on the thought, I would say I'm surprised that how talented the author is. I'm a huge fan of this genre for a long time whether in books or in the movies and I
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J C Steel
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Urban Heroes follows a pair on the run from the authorities in the middle of an android revolt in this twisty sci-fi thriller. Calista Ridley has a ship she can’t use, a partner she can’t name, and for a full house, a runaway who can’t look after herself. She’s playing in underground Russian Roulette halls far from the upper cities she used to inhabit to keep them housed and fed, and never staying in one place too long in case the bounty hunters catch up with her. Unfortunately, ‘too long’ is a ...more
Jessa Julian
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Urban Heroes was my introduction to Lockwood's series. At first, I didn't realize it was part of a series. I was pretty upset that there weren't more details about certain aspects and I felt like I was just thrown into something that I could never figure out. I almost decided not to review it. Thanks to GoodReads, I realized that this is the second in the series. Once I saw that, I was able to appreciate the book for the wonderful thing that it truly is. For the second in a series, it does a ...more
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A very easy read and enjoyable in the dark future dystopia type jantra. The base of the story is a redone theme tat has played around sometimes better than others of what is human and how stupid are humans. One of many looks at what are we doing to each other and the environment as well as the vein of ai in programs and androids and when o they have more than just programming. I would definitely recommend this to
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