Novel: Prototype Exodus by Jason Morrow | Robots escape from the last city of humans.

Prototype Exodus (Prototype D #2)Prototype Exodus by Jason D. Morrow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It had a good ending, though the characters could use more forgiveness and compassion, especially for Elroy. It is an expansion of the first book Prototype D, and the good news is that there are a lot of robots. About 100k words, or 7 hour read at 250wpm.

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Review: Prototype D by Jason Morrow | Bot comes alive in a world of strife.

Prototype D (Prototype D #1)Prototype D by Jason D. Morrow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It started out great, and the middle was okay, but the ending was deeply unsatisfying, but there is a sequel.  Prototype D  is set in a post apocalyptic earth, with a technologically advanced urban city, and starving rural bandits.

In this milieu you get to see the whole playing field and visit all the characters. There are some robot point of view chapters which is nice.

While certainly far from the best robot sci fi out there, it is good enough for passing some time.
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Review: Do Androids Dreams of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick |guy kills to get money to buy pets.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Guy who likes pets goes around killing people, eventually finds a pet.
62 thousand words, or about 4 hours read at 250 words per minute.
The movies “Blade Runner” (1982) and “Blade Runner 2045” (2017) are based on this book. Also Google Android phones seem to get their name from this book, with the Google Nexus line of Android phones being obviously based on it. Nexus is the name of model of androids which the protagonist murders throughout the book.

The protagonist has an electric sheep that he keeps on the roof, it’s based on a real sheep that he had which died, but he wants to get a real flesh-and-blood pet. This is the motivation of the protagonist throughout the whole book. He never really succeeds.

What he does do is kill a bunch of human-esque androids, which are more appropriately called clones, since they aren’t really solid-based. They are like the “robots” for R.u.R, flesh and blood “robots” that are grown in a vat to an adult size, with a life expectancy of 6 years.

Honestly I found the whole thing quite cruel to the androids, so I never liked the protagonist. There was a part of the book where it seemed like the tables would turn, and it would turn out he was an android killing humans, but turned out to not be the case. bummer, though I do believe this section is the basis of the “Blade Runner 2045” movie.

The only real robots in the book, are probably the pets, though their power source is unknown, unless they combust or chemically derive energy from food.

I’m not really sure why this book became a movie and became so popular, but maybe I was just born too late to appreciate it. Perhaps the concepts it was portraying were new and the deplorable subjugation of a minority were acceptable at the time it was written.

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Robot Empire: Armageddon by Kevin Partner

Armageddon (Robot Empire)Armageddon by Kevin Partner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Humanity against the Robot Empire, how will they prevail?

Many twists and turns are offered as our heroes face off against their arch nemesis ACE.

Well if you got this far in the series you might as well finish it, right?
It’s good enough and most of the loose ends are tied.

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#Robot Empire: Twilight on Terra by Kevin Partner

Twilight on Terra (Robot Empire)Twilight on Terra by Kevin Partner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A curious millieu of future Earth as a post apocalyptic agrarian place, also the exploration of the other arkships.
There was a faceoff with ACE and some other action scenes, not as many loose ends in this one but it could probably have used some more character development.

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#Robot Empire: Sledgehammer by Kevin Partner |From Captain to Oracle to Imperial advisor Arla plays many roles to stave off the extinction of her species (humans)

Sledgehammer (Robot Empire)Sledgehammer by Kevin Partner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From Captain to Oracle to Imperial advisor Arla plays many roles to stave off the extinction of her species (humans). Meanwhile we get some exciting glimpses into some robot point of view chapters as a band of rusty renegades get repaired.

ACE becomes somewhat of a flat villain and some options go unexplored and some loose ends are left hanging, some characters think out of character thoughts thinking things they couldn’t possibly know about. But for a self published book it is pretty good.

The ending is good, I think that may be are of the main things going for him, he has excellent endings, they give a sense of resolve and peace, while the epilogues provide the cliff hangers that leave you yearning for more.

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#Robot Empire: Planet of Steel by Kevin Partner

Planet of Steel (Robot Empire)Planet of Steel by Kevin Partner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Robot Empire is finally revealed in this book, nothing is as it first appears our heros are thrust into a position whereby they must save the robot race from extinction by a mysterious death star.

Kevin has gotten better with practice but there are still some very obvious options that they did not explore. Like if the ‘Intruder’ uses star gates to travel, then why not simply destroy the star gates when it is within a system thus trapping it.

Another thing is that in battle of dawn the robots had stunned and secured a large group of marines and destroyed their mothership, but there is no mention of what they did to the survivors. The only mention of marines is dead ones on the surface that died in the initial assault.

It would be out of character for the crew to slaughter them while helpless, or for the officers to allow them to suffocate to death, but since the author didn’t tie that loose end we are left wondering.

Otherwise good book with engaging plot, immersive writing and deeply flawed characters with enough tension to keep you flipping pages. Great cliffhanger at the end also.

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