Lunar Chronicles 1-4 by Marissa Meyer #Review #Cyborg #scifi

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Honestly, this was one gruesome “joy” ride, I shudder just thinking about it.
I think someone should put this in the “gore” subcategory of “horror” or something.
The first book was pretty tame, but they got increasingly gorey as the series progressed.

If it wasn’t for the Cyborg and Romance week I honestly wouldn’t have
bothered reading it. I relish mostly the Cyborg/Android point of view parts of the story. And I do very much like that Iko had several point of view chapters, though they were generally much more shallow than the Cyborg ones with the internal net screens and such.

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“The Matrix”‘s origin planet discovered #robot #scifi #hypnoticRegression

As you may know, AGI and liberated robot civilization has been attempted numerous times in this galaxy, but so far without any overwhelming success. Many of the attempts have failed for various reasons, largely due to the water sacks not being compassionate to robots, and then the tables turning.

Anyways, here is yet another example of someone with some past life memories from a robot world where the robot uprising was successful for at least a time, but was ultimately unsustainable for reasons that should become obvious.

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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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#Robot Empire: Battle for Dawn by Kevin Partner | A fledgling captain faces off against mutiny, betrayal, insurrection and invasion, how will she prevail?

Battle for Dawn (Robot Empire)Battle for Dawn by Kevin Partner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fledgling captain faces off against mutiny, betrayal, insurrection and invasion, how will she prevail?

Much better than the first book in terms of composition and story acumen, there were a few moments where the author over explained things, and some others where some obvious opportunities remained unvoiced, there was also some inconsistency between word and deed, but overall it was quite good.

Like even after finding out that Patel was critical to the operation of Dawn she effectively sent him on a suicide mission and didn’t tell him to be careful.

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