Humans, Bow Down

Reviewed by Melanie on June 19, 2017


A common premise, robots have taken over and humans are either slaves, waiting on the Hu-Bots hand and foot, or living in poverty that makes the slums sound like a four star resort. Six, our heroine, and her friend Dubs, have made their way to what was once Denver for prison visitation day. After seeing Six’s siblings, Dub and Six steal a car. This small act of grand theft auto triggers events that will change the world.

MikkyBo, Hu-Bot Elite, is the detective assigned the case. After things go wrong trying to apprehend Six and Dubs all Mikky has ever been taught comes into question. As usual, I don’t want to spoil the story, so I’ll move away from the storyline.

The characters in this book are a bit one dimensional. Six, as a human living in a world ran by robots seems superficially angry and driven by feelings that all other humans seem to accept without question.

MikkyBo was oddly my favorite character, not because she grew the most (as a robot this is expected), but because she tended to think things through a bit more thoroughly and then act accordingly.

The book reminded me a lot of the Dan Wells’ Partials Sequence but with all the medical and scientific explanations left behind. I’m a huge fan of James Patterson and will typically pick up anything with his name on it. The dystopian theme and science fiction feel is odd for Patterson, and left me feeling like there should have been more mystery to the story. The only part of the book that felt like Patterson were the signature short chapters.

Overall I enjoyed the book and once it picked up I didn’t put it down at all. Three moose tracks because I feel like it had a lot of parallels with the Partials Sequence, and it should have either given us more history about the Great War, or better explanations of what was happening throughout.

Humans, Bow Down Book Cover Humans, Bow Down
James Patterson, Emily Raymond
Science Fiction, Fiction, Dystopia
Little, Brown and Company
February 20, 2017

The Great War is over. The robots have won. The humans who survived have two choices: they can submit and serve the vicious rulers they created, or be banished to the Reserve, a desolate, unforgiving landscape where it's a crime just to be human. And the robots aren't content--following the orders of their soulless leader, they're planning to conquer humanity's last refuge and ensure that all humans bow down.
The only thing more powerful than an enemy who feels nothing is a warrior with nothing left to lose. Six, a feisty, determined woman whose parents were killed with the first shots of the war, and whose siblings lie rotting in prison, is a rebel with a cause: the overthrow of robot rule. Her partner in crime is Dubs, the one person who respects authority even less than she does. On the run for their lives after an attempted massacre, Six and Dubs are determined to save humanity before the robots finish what the Great War started and wipe humans off the face of the earth. Pushed to the brink of survival, Dubs and Six discover a powerful secret that can help set humanity free, but they'll have to trust the unlikeliest of allies--or they'll be forced to bow down, once and for all.

Humans, Bow Down is an epic, dystopian, genre-bending thrill ride from the mind of James Patterson, the world's #1 bestselling author.

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