- File Size: 463 KB
- Print Length: 157 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K8M1P7M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,354,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Robot Awareness: Part I (of IV) Kindle Edition
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The book strays away from a standard trilogy or series, where each book has its own story arc, and instead goes with an actual series model, where a larger story is given to you in pieces. The first book is about 150 pages and serves the larger story by introducing all the characters (including many flashbacks), revealing more about how this crew came together and where they're headed next, and giving us interesting tidbits that begin to reveal the meaning of the title. The ending is a cliffhanger of sorts, promising an interesting 2nd book. Well written and good for a first novel.
I had so much trouble writing a review for this book, which is a good thing; it raised so many questions: as I began this, I knew this was an indication of a good read
I first began to wonder;-when did we start to use space as a metaphor for the wild west? The obvious answer would be when George Lucas dreamed of a galaxy spanning spaghetti western called Star Wars.But no, it was before that, the clue from Gene Rodenberry was there in front of us all along "Space: The Final Frontier". He knew that if we ever colonised space it would be akin to the Wild West and from then on film makers, artists, and writers have run with that idea probably never realising that Star Trek was the forerunner for all these great shows and comics.
I dislike comparisons but so many came to mind when reading Robot Awareness, and I mean that in a loving way, not a an "oh god this is just a rip off of.." Robot Awareness belongs with Firefly and most importantly, the short lived french and Japanese collaboration, Oban Star Racers.
The robots of the title are the Good, the Bad, and The Ugly of the robot world, we begin with one dispensing some frontier justice then continue to a boy and his trusty robotic companion. It is not the robots who are becoming aware in this book, it is us who are beginning to understand them. Their differences, their nuances, how each Robot is different in so many ways. It is our awareness that is at the centre of this book, not the robot's.
But yes, sadly, we must compare and if you love Cowboy Bebop, Star Wars, and the aforementioned Oban Star Racers, along with any and all westerns, then you will love Robot Awareness.
So, if you are going on a plane journey and wish to be transported further than the clouds, get a copy of Robot Awareness and take a trip to the new-old west and enjoy a good sci-fi yarn that will get you thinking for days about space and all the good and bad that lie within. A great read, I look forward to more from Brian very soon. Watch this space!