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The Inevitable by Daniel  Hope
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it was amazing

Meet Tuck. He’s the last of a dying breed, struggling for survival amongst a peculiar, alien race.
The catch? Tuck’s a robot. That volatile species? That’s us.
In the The Inevitable, Dan Hope gives us a poignant, captivating twist on the man-out-of-time mythos. Tuck has outlasted all of his android counterparts. Now, 150 years since his creation, he subsists on scrap parts and hopes for wholeness. He’s seen generations of humans come and go, some by his own hand. Determined not to share their fate, tuck wages a one-robot war to avoid deactivation. But immortality comes with a price. And when he’s given the opportunity to embrace it, the cost may be greater than even his advanced intelligence can comprehend.
The Inevitable is a refreshingly creative commentary offering insight on everything from personal morality to racism; from socio-cultural relations to genetic science. Using the allegorical device of a robot protagonist, Hope is able to let the reader observe such topics with an initial sense of neutrality, but allows plenty of personal introspection to determine which side of the fence you prefer.
Utilizing a brilliant flashback technique, Hope gives us a glimpse into Tuck’s history with the humans he has encountered, sometimes served, and often killed. We’re given a first-hand account of his triumphs and tragedies; through these “memories” Tuck develops his own humanity and wrestles with questions of truth and righteousness.
But the text is never too heavy and like Tuck, refuses to stand still in one place for very long. The action is hot and heavy. There are fist fights, laser battles and even a flying car chase. Humor adds levity and rounds out both the characters and the story. There are good-natured inside jokes poking fun at everything from sci-fi television to real-world mega-corporations.
It sounds cliché, but there truly are times that you will laugh, cry and gasp for another breath. Twists and surprises abound, and well-chosen prose and dialogue make for an intelligent page-turner.
Despite his cybernetic framework, Tuck has more heart than most of the humans he meets. He is expertly designed, not only by his in-story creators, but by Hope as well. It’s impossible not to cheer for him. Hope has put flesh on his robot, making him into a life form we should all be inspired to emulate.
The Inevitable is an excellent read; with as much heart as headiness. Like its hero, it’s destined for a long shelf-life.
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