Title: Revolution 19
Series: Revolution 19 #1
Author: Gregg Rosenblum
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Publication Date: January 6, 2012
Published by: HarperTeen, HarperCollins Canada
Source: ARC received from Publisher for honest review
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Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.
Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.
Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed.
My ThoughtsI was very intrigued by this novel. One, because of the cover, and also because it is science fiction and recently I have been really loving this genre. The concept of this story is quite good, one where robots have risen up and taken humans as prisoners in their world. It had the potential to be very political and deal with issues that are very prominent in today's society, but I felt like it fell a little bit short for me.
We start off being introduced to a family that is living in the Wilds, away from what they call The City, where the robots rule. I felt very overwhelmed with the world in the very beginning. There really is no explaining of what anything is or what each character is talking about. It took me a few chapters to get into the swing of things. The action starts very fast and it really doesn't stop throughout the entire book. I felt like it was one action sequence after another with no real character development in between.
I mean the character were funny and a bit sarcastic, especially the siblings but I found that I was searching for something that I could relate to. I wanted to bond with these characters in a way that made my heart race when they were in danger, and when one of them were injured. But unfortunately I did not get to that point. If the book was a bit longer I feel like there would have been more time for character development but alas, I will wait until the next book in the series.
Overall I found the book very entertaining, it kept my interest throughout and I do really want to know what happens, not only to the characters that were met in this book, but also the world that was created. A good read for anyone who loves science fiction with a little bit of dystopia mixed in.