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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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Top Customer Reviews
Immediately after finishing: WOW. Totally unexpected twists. Although I did not enjoy the end, I had a feeling that's how it was going to be. Fast paced. Suspenseful. Vivid scenes. Beautiful writing. I am impressed. Well, well done, CN James. You did the damn thing.
Sleep then more in depth, REAL review. Yay.
Before anything else, in my opinion, the only thing this book has in common with "I, Robot" is robots. The plot and characters are on a whole different dimensional, and both books are fantastic.
Can I please just say that the ending of this book almost had me in tears? I absolutely abhor the world this book is set in. However, James did a wonderful job creating the vivid and detailed world of various kinds of robots and corporations that I hated. Haha. The reader gets to take in and get to know the world from two completely different perspectives. One from a man who is one of the most important workers of the robot making corporation. The other from a woman secretly working to take the company down. As a bonus, THEY ARE ENGAGED! AHHH. Love. On the outside, life looks to be perfect. Short work days and no war or violence? Life SHOULD be perfect. Alas, it is not, and with the two perspectives the reader is shown, the reader is able to see how screwed up and crazy the world is. Just when you think you know what is happening, something comes out of nowhere and snacks you in the face. It. Is. Good. Stuff.
From the tragic beginning to even more tragic end, this book is a rollercoaster of crazy adventures, running from trouble, revenge, and attempting to survive. Don't worry. We have glimpses of love and humor. It news not ALL sad. For a fast paced, suspenseful mystery with twists and turns that never stop until the very end, read Bone Machine. You won't be disappointed at all.
But seriously. That ending. I died. My emotions. Gone.
Full disclosure: I received this book free of charge in exchange for a review. :)
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.)
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.