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The Summer Blockbuster We’ve Been Waiting For, in Novel Form!
July 31, 2016
Wallace is at his cinematic best with this thrill ride of a story about faulty robot domination and the rag-tag team of mercenary-style saviors whose ability to wrangle the misfiring bots is put to some serious testing. He concocts a winsome, wisecracking hero in Jake Ashley and stations a sharp-witted backing team behind him to tackle the rising threat of bots gone crazy, and he rolls out some of the funniest dialogue he’s ever come up with. There’s a bot-load of action, of course, which keeps the story rolling at an exciting clip the whole way through. And it all rides the rails of a twisted conspiracy that throws genuine confusion to the reader about how things in this imagined robo-centric near-future have gone so askew. So it’s a robot-fighting conspiracy tale that crackles with humor and action and a spot of romance thrown in for good measure. In other words, it’s the summer blockbuster we’ve been waiting for…the one Hollywood couldn’t seem to deliver this year. Maybe they should take a hint from Junkers and get their fritz together.