Title: Revolution 19
Author: Gregg Rosenblum
Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 2 stars
Only a few escaped
the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live
with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their
village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have
been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people
they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their
Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike
anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire
blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and
romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story
shouldn’t be missed. Goodreads
This book is another case of a great premise lost in translation. The first few chapters of the book which detail the lives of Nick, Cass, and Kevin in their free lives outside the city are wonderful. The problem comes in when the kids enter the city.
That is when the PROBLEM+IMMEDIATE SOLUTION scenario begins.
1. People offer to help them out of the blue.
2. The bots that are supposed to be looking for the kids are fooled by hats and sunglasses.
3. Kids and simple tech shut down an entire city; when adults hide scared.
This book could have been so much more if the story were allowed to grow and progress. There should have been more adult/child interaction in the city and less covert action on the part of the kids.
This book was also far shorter then it should have been for such a grand concept with no companion books in sight.