Publisher: Harper Teen
Length: 265 pages
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 high 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. (Shortened)
I bought this book when BookOutlet had their 50 science fiction books for 50% off special. It’s mainly about a siblings, Nick, Kevin, and Cass, who had to escape to the woods with their parents when the robots took over their homes in the city. Years later, they figure out that the bots are looking for them. The bots find them, kill the residents in their freepost, and damage their homes. Soon after they notice their parents are missing. They start traveling towards the City where they think their parents are detained. They meet two girls there. One girl named Lexi allows them to stay in her house until they find her parents. Then they meet a few other people who will help them on their journey. Eventually they find their parents. All ends… Well.
The book is a typical science fiction novel with robots taking over mankind and humans trying to stop them. Typical. I think the story was paced well. I didn’t get bored reading it. I didn’t like the ending. It leaves a lot of holes to be discovered. I wonder if there is a second book? I don’t know, but the last chapter and epilogue leave too much to be imagined. I also like that there wasn’t teen romance. I love that! I read many books and it seems like romance eventually takes over, but this book was very different in that area. There was a little romance between Nick and Lexi, but it didn’t get too far. They were completely focused on the mission! …something that is rarely seen in novels.. Particularly YA because of the raging hormones and all.
I do recommend this book, especially for someone who is into technology and isn’t into reading a book with romance unfolding. The descriptions of things and places in this book is great. You can envision everything you read. I don’t like the ending, though! I think the epilogue turned what was a really good book to a not so good book, but readable. The beginning and ending of books is mainly what makes them good reads or bad reads in my eyes. All in all, I recommend this book (minus the epilogue).