Author: Simon Curtis
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Publication: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Seventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut.
There once was a boy who was made, not created.
In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.
His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.
An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.
Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination.
He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.
To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.
Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.
In his debut, recording artist Simon Curtis has written a fast-paced, high-stakes novel that explores humanity, the ultimate power of empathy, and the greatest battle of all: love vs. fear.
Wow, take about one hell of a read. For anyone who is interested in strange sci-fi novels along with a mix of thriller, then this is the one for you. This has to be the best dystopian-type novel that I have read in a long time. But be warned, there are multiple triggers that should probably have a warning, including violence, rape, and general bad language.
Although I am not the biggest fan of sci-fi novels, this novel spoke to me which is why I just had to read it.
The story is based around a group of genetically enhanced humans that are to be used for a top-secret military device. The humans are born, but the mothers never survive. They grow up in a normal home and live normal lives, that is until they turn 18. At 18, their true form becomes evident, and are usually hunted and killed by a group called the Sheriffs, unless you get saved.There are few that survive, and if you do, they are still hunted and have to run for their lives, always be one step ahead of the enemy.
“There was a buzz in the back of his head, like the beginning of a headache. One that has been building for days.”
This is how you are able to tell a normal from the robots. This line appears multiple times when the teens are transitioning into who they actually are. At 18, their true form becomes evident, and are usually hunted and killed by a group called the Sheriffs, unless you get saved.There are few that survive, and if you do, they are still hunted and have to run for their lives, always be one step ahead of the enemy.
Now without giving away to much of the story, I will mention the one thing that I loved, which was the inclusion of a variety of characters. This is including teens with downs syndrome, transgenders, and one of the main character who happens to be gay (along with the main character, Isaak, who questions his own sexuality). Although they were just mentioned briefly in flashbacks, this enhanced the story and made it more believable.
I found that this story is much like a mix of X-Men with a sci-fi twist. Genetically mutated teens being hunted by people who are opposed to making a change in the world. What more can I say!? Now, with all of that said, I highly recommend checking this book out at the local bookstore. It takes a twist on realistic situations and places them in a sci-fi setting. The book doesn’t end on a cliffhanger per say, but there are a million loose ends and nothing is really concluded, which means I will be looking forward to purchasing the next book in the series.