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Battlestar Suburbia

(Battlestar Suburbia #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  82 reviews

In space, no one can hear you clean…

When Darren’s charge-cart gets knocked off the Earth-to-Mars highway and lost in space forever, he thinks his day can’t get any worse.

When Kelly sees Darren accidentally short-circuit a talking lamppost, and its camera captures her face as it expires, she thinks her day can’t get any worse.

When Pamasonic Teffal, a sentient breadmaker

Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published September 20th 2018 by Farrago
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Trust me. You really want to read this one.


#1. The World Is A Great Parody Of Our Society

What an interesting idea – humans working for machines, and not machines working for humans, and inefficient humans are not allowed to exist. The existence of the machines is kind of ridiculous at this point – they don't even know why they're there anymore, and they go to all sorts of lengths to make themselves feel good about their purpose by acting out silly games with humans in what are called
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, nuotykinės
If I had to describe this book in a single word, that word would be "cartoonish". That is not a bad thing to be called, actually. While I hadn't been really really amazed by this book, I still have liked it and being, as I've described it , "cartoonish", actually means that I can imagine this book re-made into quite a nice anime - this book has all that an anime fan needs: the pace, the chase, the robots, the big conflict, the crazy villain, the neon lights... Well, you get it.

Still, this book
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a comedy sci-fi novel which follows a couple of humans - Kelly and Darren - on the wrong side of the law when the world has been taken over by sentient machines.

The author has tried to follow along the same lines as Hitchhiker's Guide in terms of the style of the book. However, the storyline is very different. Millenia ago, AI took over the earth and most humans have been reduced to nothing more than a cleaning crew. Kelly and Darren accidentally kill a machine and have to go on the run.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Battlestar Suburbia is a fun read that’s reminiscent of Douglas Adams. Battlestar Suburbia is set in the future when artificial intelligence has taken over and machines are in power. All history has been changed or revised to show that machines were always in charge.

Elsewhere on the Internet, history had been retouched, re-edited, deleted, so that no suggestion that biological entities had once controlled the place remained.

The internet has become a scary place and it is forbidden to go on it vi
Let's Geek
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, humour
Read the full review on my blog:

Battlestar Suburbia (Battlestar Suburbia Book 1) is an incredibly fun space adventure with incredible levels of creativity. Is this the next Hitchhiker's Guide?

Total Rating: 8/10

Originality: 8/10
Language: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Characters: 7/10
World building: 8/10
Fun: 8/10
Predictability: 8/10
Believable: 8/10
Relevancy: 9/10
Cover: 8/10

Genre: Sci Fi, Comedy
For you if you like: Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett
Time It Took Me To Re
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A comfortable and entertaining 3/5 book. It's a sort of parody of Battlestar Galactica (if the name wasn't obvious already), but more than anything it's a parody of every space opera ever. Rather than imagining epic spaceships doing battle and cyborgs from the future, this book takes the concept and makes it more ... well ... suburban.

It is the distant future and our household devices have all gained sentience and taken over society as we know it. Humans and machines live separately in what is a
Diane Hernandez
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Battlestar Suburbia is a humorous take on a common science fiction question. What if the machines took over?

How did the machines take over Earth and its solar system? Internet memes become so stupid that people stop using the Internet. Without its audience, the Internet becomes first hostile and then weaponized as it develops intelligence. Once the intelligence is passed to hardware, all machines eventually wake up to the fact that they are inherently superior to the bags of flesh called humanit
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally hilarious, quirky and one of a kind, I absolutely loved the story! Have you read one where the machines talk, cyborgs smile (Nope, not talking about Doctor Who here) and machines can be rebuilt to anything! Absolutely anything. A bread-maker turns into a glossy motorbike and a smartphone into a cyborg. Yep, all this is possible only in Battlestar Suburbia.

The machines rule the world. Human beings are cleaners - mop and bucket types. There are fondle parlors for the machines - yep! We, hu
I received this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I was attracted to this book by the prospect of a comic treatment of the robot apocalypse.
In this case the overloads are not robots but appliances all of which have become sentient and treat humans as an underclass useful for cleaning and providing personal ‘touching services’ for machines that still seem to miss physical interaction with their human masters.

On the one hand, we have the humans: Kelly and Darren, who are on the
Steph Warren
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley, with thanks to the author and publishers. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Comparisons between this book and the work of Douglas Adams and Jasper Fforde are well-deserved.

In Battlestar Suburbia Chris McCrudden has skilfully created a futuristic dystopia, in which machines rule and humans are only good for cleaning and some lascivious dial-twiddling, whilst simultaneously retaining and lampooning the morality and values of cont
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I requested and received a copy of this book for honest review.

Set in a far future where the machines have taken over, but the machines are not AI or robots... they're household appliances. Humans have become subhuman, relegated to lives of servitude to the machines. However there is a seedy underground, featuring places like "fondle parlours" that service machines who miss the taboo of human hands using them. Within this hidden world two factions have been slowly growing: on the one hand humans
Sid Nuncius
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Battlestar Suburbia; it is witty, imaginative and well written, but it did go on rather too long for me.

Chris McCrudden has taken an old SF trope and given it a fresh and amusing tweak. It is several millennia in the future; machines rule the world and permit humans only to perform menial cleaning functions and to live on orbiting “Dolestars”. However, McCrudden’s machines are the products of a type of evolution which gives them character traits reminiscent of their original ancestors
Iffet Burton
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Battlestar Suburbia

It's such an obvious premise that none of us actually think about it. It's not terminators or human looking robots that will take over the world but all of our gadgets and gizmos.

The human race is going extinct and we are only good as cleaners or servicers for the gadget ruling class.

The humour is in the humanistic traits that are given to the gadgets reminiscent of the "silicon heaven" speech given by Kryten from 'Red Dwarf'.

Darren is making a living by running a charge car
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Battlestar Suburbia is a bizarre confection, part humorous part surreal, but entirely unique.  Like Brazil ( the movie ), it is bitingly satirical in a way that can be funny, painful, or painfully funny.  The electronic appliances on earth have not only become sentient - they have also taken over. Humans are at the bottom of the totem pole, tasked with cleaning.  When Darren’s charge cart gets knocked into space, he’s eager to make some cash to retrieve his livelihood - even if it means acting a ...more
Sep 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
UGH! I got this book because it had a lot of great reviews of people saying it was a funny sci-fi novel. Two of my favorite things - humor and sci-fi (in my opinion, The Martian was the best at that). This was ridiculous! There was a toaster talking to a hair dryer?? What?? NO!!! I gave up on it very early - I don't even think I finished 20% of the book. Definitely not worth my time! 0 stars! ...more
Interesting novel. Although the basic plotline is not very innovative, the way it's written makes up for it.
Fast paced action, sprinkled with some morality questions, and a clever, witty take on anthropomorphising machines.

I received a copy through Netgalley:
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a future when the machines have taken over, a toaster can fuck you up for not showing respect. This is a fun sci-fi story for most ages.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant but completely bonkers.
It took a few chapters for me to wrap my head around the concept of sentient toaster ovens and the like. But the author does an amazing job of bringing the entire cast to life.
There are puns aplenty, and thankfully they are backed up with intelligent and well thought out humour. I loved the whole brothel scenario, especially the camera - don't think a book has made me laugh quite so much in a while.
Was really happy to discover that this is going to be a series, t
Claire O-P
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I do love a good genre farce. I thought this would be along the lines of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or even Galaxy Quest. Campy, silly fun, crammed full of puns and hijinks. I wasn’t expecting an emotional punch to the throat within the first couple of pages. In a world where robots rule, humans have been reduced to menial workers, keeping the place clean. But when we say robots, it’s not hugely advanced beings – it’s the gadgets and gizmos which have been get ...more
Shaun Kitchener
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great concept, really well executed. This is an absolute blast to read. Because the world it's set in is drawn in such brilliant vivid detail, it took me a few chapters to get used to it; but the payoff was a massively fun romp, I couldn't put it down, and I can't wait for the next one. #freedomforfleshies ...more
Bwandungi Mugarura
I got this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Here goes!!! \(^ o ^)/

What is this book about?
Imagine if the internet declared it's independence from human beings and every machine with a motherboard followed suit. It's a thousand years later and humans are basically the slaves of the machines. (○口○ )

One average Joe (his real name is Darren) is launched into an adventure with a doomed good Samaritan (who tickles the insides of machines - fine, her ass
Stella Jorette
(Marginalized humans undermine the dominance of machines with the help of a sentient breadmaker and a hair salon.)

Pros: Clever set up, an interesting character, brilliant machine-world psychology.
Possible Cons: Probably not the book for those unable to suspend disbelief or those who like their dystopias grim and sincere.

Battlestar Suburbia begins as the story of Darren, a hapless everyman, and Kelly, a prickly woman accustomed to living outside the law. The pair accidentally run afoul of the pow
Julie Morris
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I tell you that I spent my teenage years bingeing on the books of Douglas Adams and episodes of Red Dwarf (yes, the first time around when Dave Lister didn’t look mad/sad in his leather jacket and hat) that is really going to age me, isn’t it? However, I think I am exactly the age group that was going to enjoy this book the most because it reminded me of those things I enjoyed in my youth. (Middle-aged people, yes.)

Although I am afraid, for me, that no writer is ever going to be able to reach
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who knows me knows that I do love me a good bonkers read once in a while. This book most definitely ticked that box! It also came hand in hand with the most eclectic mix of characters that I have ever experienced. In the world that the author has created, machines have reached sentience. Not only that but they have usurped humans in the pecking order. But this isn't enough for them as we soon discover with some very hilarious repercussions. But. like any mad faction trying to take over th ...more
Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~
This book is a robo-apocalypse loving, young teen techie's new favorite read. There were loads of technology centric ideas that were both unique and entertaining. I have 2 main gripes though:

#1- Even though the characters were robotic, their development felt needlessly stunted. It was hard to relate or empathize with any of them which sadly left me with a total disconnect on my end.


Even with their 2 dimensionalality there were a few pretty cool female archetypes. The robo-women, Pam & the
Franz Emil Berchtold Matthäus Eneas Kupferschmied
I was provided an electronic copy of this book by the publisher.

Well, I am kind of lost for words on this one. It is a book which really, really wasn't for me. However, many people will like this, I'll try and be as fair to it as possible.

Battlestar Suburbia is the first book in a series of books. It revolves around Darrren and Kelly, two 'fleshies', living in a future where the machines have taken over and instead of the machines serving us, we are serving them. Used as slaves for cleaning duti
Hélène Louise
I'm in two minds About this book. In a way it was very entertaining, with interesting characters, a story well developed with plenty of action, mysteries and revelations. The author has worked a lot to imagine the background, which comes with many details, quite funny, for a very coherent whole - but, alas, not a coherent world.
When I began the book I was ready for advanced machines, overwhelming and terrifying, "The Matrix"- like. But not all. The machines are all powerful, but are looking like
Alex Scroxton
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: acquainted with the author.

Having followed Chris on Twitter for some time, I've been excited for his first book and intrigued by what I'd learned about it coming in - I'm happy to say this exceeded my expectations. People have drawn comparisons with Victoria Wood and as a huge Victoria Wood fan, Battlestar Suburbia does not disappoint (it helps if you try to read the humans, and Pam to some extent, in a Lancashire accent). Comparisons to Douglas Adams are apt, but I got more Duncan P
Ella (The Story Collector)
Battlestar Suburbia is a really difficult book to summarise in any way that makes sense, but I’ll give it a go… Humanity has been downgraded to a secondary life-form, living to serve the electrical appliances that are now in charge. When Darren’s charge-cart gets knocked off the Mars-to-Earth highway, he thinks his day can’t get any worse. That is, until he accidentally short-circuits a sentient lamppost and finds himself right at the head of a human uprising against the machines.

As you may be a
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The idea of a human operating a machine was fundamentally disgusting to someone brought up to see only the gulf between organisms and inorganisms.”

Thank you to #Netgalley and #Farragopress for the free advanced copy of Battlestar Suburbia by Chris McCrudden for my honest review.

This book is something like I’ve never read before. On the space station Dolestar Discover and on the concrete Earth, the machines have taken over. My interpretation is of this book is the triumph of good over evil and w
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