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.