Saturday, January 2, 2016

Book Review: Willful Machines

TITLE: Willful Machines
AUTHOR: Tim Floreen
PUBLISHED: October 2016
GENRE: Dystopian, LGBT
PREMISE: The closeted son of the President deals with conspiracies going on in his school in a troubled future where robots are becoming more human by the day.
MY REVIEW: Like Coyle's Vivian Apple series, this book proves that there can be originality in the dystopian genre. It is not dead, no matter what naysayers (namely, people who don't actually read it all that much) would have people believe.
This was new. There's no rebellion, no love triangle, none of the usual trappings I've come to expect from dystopians. The world is similar to most dystopians and bless the writer, he remembers that the US is not the only country and talks a bit about how other countries are dealing with the same issue (hint: much better then the US handles it). There's not much action in this one. It's a very character driven sort of dystopian. But I like the way it's handled and it doesn't end in a neat and tidy manner. It's actually a little bittersweet, which is probably why there are so many mixed reviews about it.
It's maybe not the best I've ever read, but for a debut, this was actually pretty good. A nice bit of fresh air in the crowded dystopian genre.
WHO SHOULD READ: those looking for new LGBT reads, dystopian fans, robot fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five robots gaining intelligence

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