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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  27 reviews
When technology fulfills every dream, reality is a nightmare.

Below the streets of New State, the Grounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. When dusk falls, Wren risks her life by entering the capital city as a raider to secure resources for the rebellion. Each step further inside puts her life in jeopardy from New States deadliest

Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published December 24th 2018 by Digital Science Fiction, an imprint of Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. (first published November 20th 2014)
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Is it happening already? Is technology slowly overtaking our lives? Will we become the pawns of a techno-government who tracks, us, tells us what to think, do, and allows interaction only through hooking up to a computer for a technology-induced social life? Curfews, family control, its all part of New State, a highly technological world where no one is really free to think play or fall in love. The value of a human life is only in what they can do to further the governments purpose. Far beyond ...more
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I really enjoyed this unique sci-fi , dystopian type book. It was unusual and very exciting and kept me up late reading it. I like the sweet relationship between Yara and Joshua. It was such a sweet but different type relationship.

The writer did a great how the author spun this story in a pretty believable way, in fact a bit scary, in the way I can see how this could happen way in the future. The depending of technology,
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

Remote is the first book in the young adult sci fi/dystopian series. Although it doesn't say specifically that there will be a series, the ending led me to believe that there would at the very least be a sequel. I don't read too many young adult science fiction books with a dystopian leaning. Because they need to be really well done for me to enjoy them. World building is so, so critical to the development of the
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc, blog-tour
I think this book is extremely well written, the heroine Yara is a strong, enigmatic & intelligent individual undergrounder whom befriends a tech head New Stater named Josh and then subsequently falls in love with after secretly meeting with him two or three times. Yaras company, the raiders, complete a mission for updated information and technology from the New Staters, in which leads to negative repercussions from the police on Joshs parents. Because Yara believes that she and the raiders ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great YA read that I really liked, Remote was a fantastic book. I enjoyed reading it.

Yara was a great heroine. She was strong, skilled, and smart, along with kind and loyal. I thought she was great.

Joshua was adorable. He was sweet for sure but when he found himself in a new and difficult situation, he didn't waste time before learning the skills he needed to adapt. I liked him as well.

The romance was sweet. It was clear that they were smitten with each other from the start and they overcame
Lauren Sapala
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this entire book in two daysdespite having a massively packed schedulebecause once I started I couldnt stop. I was instantly drawn into the story not only by the badass main character (who I LOVED), Wren, but also by the fascinating future world built by the author. I really like dystopian fiction anyway, but I especially appreciated that this story is different from much of what you find in the genre. I could easily see how our current culture could progress to the dystopian world of the ...more
Debra Martin
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How much would you give up for technology? How much personal freedom is okay to let go of? These are the questions that Lisa Acerbo's REMOTE explores. New State on the outside looks like the perfect paradise to live and grow old in, but what happens when a citizen questions the practice of "hooking up" to the latest technology. Technology that allows you to relive your most sought after fantasies. Do you want to be famous, date a supermodel or be a super soldier? It can all happen in the virtual ...more
Originally posted at Revenge of the Feels

*Thank you to the author for giving me an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

*When I have finished reading Remote, I found myself taking a deep breath and I put my kindle down gently*

*Denial starts to hit me and*





That, my dear bookies, was my reaction when I flip to the last page of Remote! Oh god, I sincerely hope there is a sequel
Leslie Miner
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Science Fiction is not a genre I typically read. I enjoy sci-fi, but find it easier to watch it rather than read it. The worlds that are created need a lot of detail so we can visualize not only a world we've never seen, but understand technology that doesn't exist. At least not yet. Lisa Acerbo does a good job of this in her book Remote. Although I have to say I hope the technology in Remote never exists, and the undergrounders agree with me on this.

Remote is about a world divided by
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
What I Thought

This was a very well written dystopian read and, similar to I, Robot, it is about a world where we have become too absorbed in technology, leading us to be unaware of what is happening with the technology we trust. This makes the world and the experience very real, which hooked me from the first page.

I found that the world had a plentiful amount of detail, which made everything real, believable and easy for me to become part of the world and the character's lives.

I loved that
Dominique Martin
Remote was a fantastic read, and I could give it nothing less than 5 stars. The plot is fast paced, with plenty of action and a hint of romance that would appeal to any reader. The book is never dull and keeps you guessing and entertained on every page. Although Acerbo, pulls from popular fiction and scifi, her take on a new world dystopia is completely unique and entertaining. The characters are dynamic and relatable and face struggles that can be found in modern society. Remote addresses ...more
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(I received a free Review copy from YA bound book tours for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: Remote by Lisa Acerbo (2 stars)

Remote by Lisa Acerbo
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Romance
Rating: 2/5 stars

(Synopsis from Goodreads)
When technology fulfills every dream, reality is a nightmare.
Below the streets of New State, the Grounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. When dusk falls, Wren risks her life by entering the capital
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon, amazon-prime
This book need another run through a proofreading session.
I personally didn't care for the story. It wasn't a bad story, in fact, it had a great premise, I just don't think it was handled as well as it could have been. I can't believe that the only person ever to come back from being captured by the enemy was never checked for technological devices, considering their whole existence was predicated on not having said devices, and the whole reason they were fighting was to rid the rest of the
Jessica Belmont
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, the dystopian genre has had its ups and downs for me. Ive been a huge fan of some and others, Ive felt lacked something. Im happy to report that Remote is one I enjoyed and read very quickly. Once I started, I struggled to set this down. It was an intriguing take on the dystopian genre, and felt realistic. Our fascination with technology could be our downfall and this story looks at that possibility.

Wren, our main character, is such a badass female lead. She is an inspiring warrior with
Brandy Mulder
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh how good the world building is in this book. It may be a disturbing prediction of the future though. People have become dependent on tech and barely come back to reality. Those in control make tech upgrades the most desirable things to have and people get artificial limbs to be better at their jobs or for cosmetic purposes. Grounders refuse to live hooked up all the time and get chips implanted in their brains. This book really brings in to focus the question of how much government control is ...more
Liz Delton
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of dystopian and I thought the world building in Remote was really inventive. The main character Wren is a strong lead, and was written well. She's the daughter of the rebel leader (and often jokingly called 'rebel princess'), who stumbles into a friendship with a boy who lives in New State, the technology infested dystopia where everyone is 'hooked up' to interfaces/computers/electronics all the time. The tension between Wren and Codey, as well as the rebels and the New Staters is ...more
Angela Thornburg
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting futuristic story

The story has a sweet romantic byline where a girl grounder, living underground, and unplugged from the new State society meets a young man her age.
Its interesting and pretty gross as childrens body parts are replaced with cleaning devices such as vacuum cleaning parts, after amputations.
The plot is innovative but has a cliffhanger ending, I dont think I am up for more. But hats off to this innovative author.
Dominique Martin
I absolutely loved this sci-fi romance. Remote has everything you could ask for in a novel. The characters were compelling and relatable, the plot was gripping, and the book moved at a pace that had me hooked from the beginning. Although there are many dystopian novels on the market, Remote is set apart with it's well developed characters and innovate plot. Lisa Acerbo is a wonderful storyteller. Her use of crafty dialogue and vivid descriptions makes this book a joy to read. Although Remote is ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to everyone who read and reviewed Remote!
Melissa G. Aubrey
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read

Enjoyed the story and characters were well developed. However, I didn't care for the ending. Is there another book? I don't care for cliff hangers.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Damn. I need another book. Like now. Ha. I love this book. And I enjoyed how the technology was so.evil.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fun thing about science fiction is that it really pulls in components to stop you once in a while and just make you think.  This book is a good example of that.  As stated by a character in the book, society's downfall wasn't a war, it was technology.  This book, while providing the reader a good story to follow, shows you the meaning and truth behind that statement.
The author gives the reader a strong female lead with Yara.  You learn quickly about her home environment which helps in
Ok, I loved this book. It started out a little slow for me but once I got started I couldn't put it down. I loved the whole idea that Lisa had with the storyline, the characters and the way she had things go. It was very well thought out and the flow was great for the story. This was definitely not one of those books that rushed into things.

This book is not one of those that goes from point A to point B in a matter of days. This book takes place over months. You have the initial meeting of Yara
Lelia Taylor
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-reviews
Recently, I've been unable to read due to a death in my immediate family. Not only have I been wrapped up in what was going on but I also found I just couldn't concentrate on any book. Remote is my return to reading and, although I can't say I did it justice by giving it my full attention, it was a very good re-entry for me.

I'm fond of dystopian fiction as well as science fiction in general and Remote is a worthy representative of the subgenre and genre respectively. Ms. Acerbo has conceived a
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
I was given the opportunity to read an ARC for this science fiction novel in exchange for an honest review. If you enjoy reading science fiction novels then you'll love reading Remote.

In this fabulous book there is love, mischief, fantasy and action all rolled into one suspense filled story. In this book, the main heroine was masterfully imagined along with her friends, family and the world she lives in.

Once you pick up this book it will be hard to put down and it will always have you wondering
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Read the full review on The Bookwhore Diaries

Though there are slow moments in the book, it's a good YA book to read. If you're the type who's always into usurping the corrupt and lifting up those who are in need, I think you would truly jive well with the book's message. Remote has everything that made the past year's YA books awesome, and a lot more.
Raquel (Rocki)
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, blog-review
You can find a longer review on my blog: Raquel Gabrielle's Blog

I really enjoyed this book and hope to see more from this world. I liked the strength in Yara and how she got along with her parents most of the time same with Josh you don't see that in many books any more.

I'm also curious about Yara's friend who she has grown up with I am not sure about him quiet yet. I think he is hiding something and not good.
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Lisa Acerbo loves to read, write, drink coffee and wine, and rescue foster dogs. Her new book, Twelve Months of Awkward Moments, is due out August 2018 from Torrid Press. She writes under the pen name Dakota Star. The Sweet Life, published under her pen name by Limitless Press, is due out April 2018.

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