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Bone Machine Paperback – May 26, 2016
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"Well-developed characters, scenes, and dialogue that keep the plot moving at a steady pace." -Sefina Hawke, Readers' Favorite
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If you've ever imagined what it might be like to be served dinner by your robot assistant or knock off work early, knowing your computerized friend will handle the load for you, Bone Machine is the book for you. Full of futuristic robot bliss and terrifying horror, Bone Machine is a story that will stay with you long after you have finished it. --Amy Joy
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Grayson Cornel received an unexpected promotion when it was discovered that his boss, Zoe Asher, had been stealing secrets from the company. Grayson discovers that his company and their product, the AndroLibra robots, are not what they seem to be. Grayson's fiancee, Sadie Breedlove, shows him the scary truth about the AndroLibras and LibraCorp.
The characters were really fun to follow and well-written. The plot of the story is scary-gross. Yes, there is a hurl-worthy moment, but I just said a mental ewww yucky. The hard-working corporate man and his subversive fiancee just lead us through the story and keep the psycholgical thrills coming. You could see the elements coming, but you really enjoyed getting there.
It read quickly because it was well written, and I really wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
I highly recommend the story.
The characters in this story is extremely fleshed out. I liked the way that there are really two "main" characters to the book, both of which are fully fleshed out and compellingly written. As lovers on both sides of a looming conflict, the way they are written instills a constant state of trust, even when their circumstances should otherwise have you to feel that they are moments away from betrayal. The supporting cast is strong, without relying on stereotypical archtypes to flesh out the cast. You never really feel that the good guys are overly saintly, or the bad guys are straight up evil. Everyone simply feels natural, as if these people stepped out of your life and not your book.
The world itself is well written, although I never really got a proper sense of HOW the Androlibro's changed the world. For instance, the Haiti situation. How does replacing the sweat shop workers with androids help bring peace and end hunger? IMHO the bit about "and after you buy all these androids to replace your workers, we'll just hire the people at our company" felt a bit vague and lazy. It's certainly not a deal breaker, by any means. It's just a bit of the story that I didn't really grasp. It's great that people have more time for arts and music, but where did we suddenly get more food? It's great that we now have a robo-army, but how did that stop war? A little more back story would have helped me get into the world more effectively. Again, this isn't a deal breaker as the characters themselves far outshine any failings the world itself may hold.
Great job, and great book!
EDIT**I am almost done with the book, and I have since learned that this $0.99 chapter zero added nothing to the book. Save your money and time. If the author wants to add this chapter to his book, I would not be dismissive of the idea; however, it does not bring anything new to the table.
As for the writing, I found it altogether enjoyable. James takes his time for detailed character development that is naturally intertwined with the story, even as it begins in media res and carries along unhaltingly. I don't mean to say that its slow or wordy, I think it's just right--not rushed like so many thriller books with cliffhanger chapter breaks every four or five pages. The subtle foreshadowing draws you along in anticipation of the reveal. Subplots and character background are not useless tangental filler, they are all fitted together with care, so the book closes with a satisfactory full picture.
All told, it's surprising to me that this book is apparently self-published, as the writing and story could hold their own against many major-market books from bigger names. Hopefully by sharing this review I can spread the word so others are encouraged to pick up this book--and then he'll have a chance to write more like it!
(Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author via a giveaway on Goodreads.com... and I enjoyed it so much I've already purchased the prequel Bone Machine: Chapter Zero for my Kindle, and am on the lookout for more.)