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Red Gods Sing (Brobots Book 2) Paperback – September 14, 2017
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"Gay or straight, robot, human, AI and alien alike will be in awe of the brilliance that is Trevor Barton, who is quickly making it to the top of my favorites list."
"[A]t its heart it is a character piece and a romance in the best way; the pairing in it is adorable [and has] great little character moments. Quite often it can be dark... in a way to make you feel for those involved. [I]nteresting sequel combining politics with heart." - Geek Syndicate (Kris Vyas Myall)
Praise for other books in the series:
"Phenomenal." "I can't tell you how good this story its. It's really really good. Like hardcore science fiction good." - OJHeSay.com
"A fantastic trilogy." "Human, automated, robot, alien, artificial intelligence, gay, straight or yet to be determined all have equal say in the adventures of the worlds in which they coexist. In these three books we have gone from Earth to Mars and galactic systems in, around and between. We have a bit of comedy, some politics, family situations, friendships, wars, disagreements, drama, thrills and adventure. I have read my fair share of trilogies or series and I can say without doubt that this is one of the finest examples of that format." "I highly recommend all three of these books regardless of your species or sexual orientation." - Book Review Village
"You will love this." - QueerSciFi.com
"Extremely likeable." - WROTE Podcast
"Epic" - Gay Star News
"I am Brobot" - BoyCulture Blog
"Fantastic." - Love Bytes
From the Back Cover
"Clearly...a response to the political situation we find ourselves in come 2017. ...[A]t its heart it is a character piece and a romance in the best way; the pairing in it is adorable [and has] great little character moments. [But it's n]ot all light and fluffy. Quite often it can be dark [or] horrifying, but in a way to make you feel for those involved. ...[I]nteresting sequel, combining politics with heart." - Geek Syndicate
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Publication Date - Published Independently September 15, 2007
Format - Kindle
Pages - 402
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In “Red Gods Sing (Brobots, Book Two)” by Trevor Barton, “The Singularity” is a upon us. Having just finished Brobots, Book One I still had a familiarity of the characters and story. In the first book we are introduced to the brobot community and their fight to be recognized as individuals. There was a lot of humor and high jinx...book two is darker, a lot more serious and much more political. (Not to worry, there is still plenty of dry comic relief). If not for the fact it’s taking place in the 2060’s you’d think you were reading about the political climate in the United States today. Fake News abounds and there is corruption and defilement of the highest degree. In this episode we are doing a bit of space travel to Mars, all the original characters and a few new ones will have you entertained and wanting more. Gay or straight, robot, human, AI and alien alike will be in awe of the brilliance that is Trevor Barton, who is quickly making it to the top of my favorites list. So looking forward to the next installment.
Synopsis (from back cover): Brobots is substantial science fiction with gay characters told across three continuous books.
Rod burners. Scaff dawgs. Laggers. Bucket dumpers. Lerps. Duct monkeys. Tin knockers. Lumbergs. Artificial big guys. Product of a troubled firm. Brobots.
They’re easy to treat like trash. But they’re not so easy to ignore; especially the ones experiencing “the wake up.” The idea was that they could work hidden in society’s plain sight, allowing humanity time to get used to the fact of sentient machines.
But it’s all too easy for others to take advantage of those who live on the edge. What they, and their allies, must do is work out who, and why, before it gets too late.
Plug them in. Wish they never end.
Brobots Book 2:
You’re a robot man living in 2060’s America. You’re off on a hot date. Forget fake news and flying saucers. What's the one thing you should've packed?
Josh could be forgiven for being a little forgetful. In his world, the problem isn’t with AI. It’s with humans. (Some of them, at least.) A threat is looming, and with it an ultimatum. Brobots like Josh can rise up. Or they can face extinction. Josh has decisions to make. But where will they leave a post-singularity world?
This is a great, gripping, fascinating near-future sci-fi story. Although it is the sequel to Barton’s captivating “Brobots,” it is bigger, bolder and much darker than its progenitor.
With “Red Gods Sing,” Trevor Barton has plunged into metaphorical geopolitics, including the term “fake news,” used here in a chilling sinister way. Although set in the USA in the 2060s, the plot is a self-conscious echo of similar moments in human history stretching back into the distant past.
The darkness of this book overall is shocking in comparison with the relatively light-hearted tone of the first book, which centered on the joyous emergence of brobot awareness through Jared and Byron’s love. To be honest, it was hard for me to embrace the dramatic shift in tone—entirely because of Barton’s wonderful presentation of the emerging humanity of the brobots in the first book. I love them. I love the idea of them—AI (artificial intelligence) as a great and wonderful new thing, a new species.
In spite of the somber arc of the plot, this sci-fi epic also reminds us of the inherent gentleness and kindness of the brobots as established by the author in the first book. There are also some comic moments, about which I can’t talk without spoiling things. Plus, while Jared and Byron’s relationship is still very much part of the story, they are joined by a plethora of other characters, major and minor, each of whom matters in some way as this interplanetary drama unfolds.
The emotional centerpiece of the book is Josh and Charlie. Josh is a brobot who is presented as Bryon and Jared’s “son” (this takes some mental gymnastics, as all brobots are more or less the same age; but Byron has mentored him and together he and Jared teach him to cope in the human world). Josh meets Charlie at a beach party in California. A gay man with no hangups about brobots, Charlie is caught up in the evolving geopolitical drama because of his feelings for Josh. This relationship is threaded throughout the story’s convolutions carefully and emerges as a point of light in the looming darkness. At one point Josh connects with the idea that “we need to find a way for everyone to win.” Not only does this resonate with current events in our very own real time, it seems to be a foreshadow—or perhaps a promise—of what is to come.
There are two other pairs, not quite couples, who play key roles in “The Red Gods Sing.” Susan and Edward are the human brains behind the brobot rights movement. Present in the first book, their roles expand in the second. Here they are joined by their non-human parallels, Maria and Delta, who represent pure artificial intelligence incarnate, if you will. These four act as helpers, supporters, and as a sort of Greek Chorus as the action escalates.
This is a long book, but don’t be afraid of that. I have begun to seriously resent the insistence on short romance novels that presumes all readers have short attention spans. When I commit to an author, I’m in for the long haul.
Trevor Barton didn’t make me entirely happy with the second Brobot installment. But a book doesn't have to make me happy for me to enjoy and appreciate it. Maybe he’ll correct that in the third volume.