Title: Revolution 19
Author: Gregg Rosenblum
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic
Series: Revolution 19 (Book 1)
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 272 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062125958 (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062125958 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Kayla
Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.
Headstrong seventeen-year-old Nick has spent his whole life in a community in the wilderness, hiding out from the robots that have enslaved mankind. But when the bots discover the community’s location, he, his tech-geek younger brother, Kevin, and adopted sister, Cass, barely make it out alive—only to discover that their home has been destroyed and everyone they love is missing.
All survivors were captured and taken to one of the robots’ Cities. The siblings have been hearing tales about the Cities all their lives—humans are treated like animals, living in outdoor pens and forced to build new bots until they drop dead from exhaustion. Determined to find out if their parents are among the survivors, Nick, Kevin, and Cass venture into the heart of the City, but it is nothing like they’ve been told.
As they live among the bots for the first time, they realize they’re fighting for more than just their family. The robots have ruled for too long, and now it’s time for a revolution.
Quick & Dirty: A group of kids try to rescue their parents from robots. Perfect for the big screen. Not so much for a novel.
Opening Sentence: Somewhere nearby, a dog barked and whined.
After the vicious Robot Revolution, families around the country tried to escape the clutches of the ruthless robots. Two families reached the guarded gates, expecting to be killed on the spot for trying to escape, but one family and the second family’s kids are allowed to leave. Fast-forward about 15 years and both families are living in a village far from any robot society: hunting for food, gathering broken tech and farming the scorched land. That is until one mistaken piece of tech betrays their position. Now the kids from those families are on the run and end up trying to save their captured parents. This fast-paced action book would be great as a movie (hence authors are movie directors and writers) but as a novel it was poorly written and executed.
Is a robot revolution a great idea for a book? Heck yes. Is this book a good example of how it should be written? Heck no. There are aspects of movies that you can’t convey in books. The same goes vice versa. Unfortunately, the authors tried to incorporate aspects of movies into a book. For example: time in movies is different than time in a book. Where in movies it shows the action in real time, in books you must describe the event/action which takes longer to read than it does for the actual event to happen. In this book the authors skimmed over the details in order to make the actions fast paced, but after a while that gets old. Also, another key detail that made it apparent this book was made for the movies: they did not follow the rules of show don’t tell. Like at all. I know I’ve explained it in a previous review, but for those who don’t know: show don’t tell is a piece of advise that all writers should use. Instead of telling a reader “this character is mad” show the reader the character is mad by having him turn beat red, turn over a table, slam his fist onto a table, etc. Anyway, this book’s writing did not use this advice and thus the book was boring – not for lack of action – but for lack of good writing.
So now that the picking apart of the writing is done, let’s move on to the characters. Cliche. Cliche. Cliche. Kevin: the younger brother that always gets picked on but really is brilliant. Nick: the headstrong oldest brother with a hero complex. Cass: the girl who can’t really fight and is only there to persuade a guy to help them. Again these cliche characters might work in a movie, but this doesn’t work for a book. They need to be developed and grow throughout the book. It seemed to be the characters were stagnant the entire time.
Moving on to the plot – it wasn’t too shabby. The romance was cheesy and unnecessary, but still cute. There was action every other page. The actual development of the world was pretty good. Overall, a pretty interesting plot once it got going.
Really, I would not suggest this book to anyone unless they want to be bored out of their minds. The only reason I gave it two stars is because of the well-developed world. Otherwise, it’s not worth your time.
“Turn it off, Kevin! Now!”
“I tried to, but I can’t,” Kevin said. “It turned itself on, and I don’t know how to turn it off.”
Nick grabbed the chaff, threw it onto the ground, and began stomping on it. “Hey!” Kevin yelled, trying to push Nick away, but Nick held his brother off with a stiff arm and kept pounding on the chaff with his heel. The glass screen cracked, the casing broke into fragments, and the pulsing stopped.
Kevin, still held back b Nick’s grip on his shirt, began kicking at Nick’s shins. “That was mine! I found it!”
Nick, shaking with adrenaline and ager, threw Kevin down onto his bed, hard, bouncing him off the mattress and onto the floor. “You idiot, you may have just gotten us killed!”
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FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Revolution 19. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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