I Heart Robot
Author: Suzanne Van Rooyen
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Released: March 31, 2015
Review Source: Month 9 Books
Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who won't belittle her musical aspirations.
Q-I-99 aka 'Quinn' lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power.
Tyri and Quinn's worlds collide when they're accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn's love of music brings them closer together, making Tyri question where her loyalties lie and Quinn question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, Tyri and Quinn make a shocking discovery that turns their world inside out. Will their passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart?
First of all, the cover is what actually drew me to read this book. I'm in love with it! Cyborg and robot YA books are becoming more and more popular in the last few years since that's all you see in movies these days. I had high hopes for this book, but I have to admit that this wasn't my most favorite book of all time. Don't get me wrong, there were several things that I loved about the book, but there were things as well that just didn't do it for me.
The thing I loved most about the book was the characters. Tyri and Quinn were very well planned out and had a lot of depth. It's hard to really make two characters unique and detailed, but Rooyen did an awesome job of keeping them separate, but also when they were together, they were also fantastic as well. Sometimes, however, I found myself wanting to skip ahead to Quinn's point of view because he was my favorite character of the two. I had to remind myself sometimes that he was the robot because he was so human at times.
What I wasn't really sold on was the plot. I know, I know...that's what others will love about it, but I'm just not a Sci-Fi kind of gal. I totally understand that the theme of the story was humanity and that everyone should be treated equally, but I just couldn't really get into the love story part of the book. I must be old-fashioned in my thinking that a human and a robot just shouldn't "date," but it just seemed a little weird to me.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to Sc-Fi lovers and readers who loved books like Skinned by Robin Wasserman and Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I think some of my Sc-Fi girls will love this book and I can't wait to get it in their hands!
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