Day 31: Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Summary From Goodreads:
Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.
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 greatest enemies.
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.
I made it a month everyone! Woohoo! It’s been pretty crazy, but I’m excited to continue my challenge into February! Now onto the review!
A whirlwind of a story, Revolution 19 leaves you feeling exhilarated and wondering what will happen next to the young group.
That is, until you actually think critically whatsoever about the story itself and the details that are presented. You see, Revolution 19 as a preteen/older-kids book works wonderfully. There isn’t a bunch of information that they won’t understand, the book is fast paced with plenty of action to keep the reader’s attention which is vital with the younger generation’s seemingly small attention spans, and there are robots, hard to go wrong with a book about robots for a 10-year-old.
For the “Young Adult” audience that the book was designed for, however, it just doesn’t cut it. There are too many areas where the story just isn’t plausible. The robots are supposedly so advanced that they were able to overthrow humans on a seemingly global scale yet they have a hard time tracking down small pockets of humans who live in the wilderness within a few days walking distance from a city that the robots control. The characters happen to not be caught by any of these “intelligent” robots while walking through the city despite the fact that they would have no clue where the patrolled areas are and are dressed completely differently than the citizens. There are a plethora of other coincidences (meeting the right people, simple solutions to highly complex problems that don’t seem realistic at all) that just give Revolution 19 a fake feel to it.
The characters, *sigh*, well they certainly don’t feel like teenagers. Again, as is the theme with the book, it feels like the characters are younger than they are. They feel flat, there is hardly any information given on them to give any depth despite the fact that the first three chapters are each told from a different point of view, one for each of the siblings. We find out that Cass is a bit of a tomboy, Nick is the standard semi-arrogant older brother and Kevin is a talkative tech-geek. That’s pretty much it. They are just means to an end and I felt as if I could take any cardboard cutout character, throw them into one of their roles and the story would have played out the same. Also, the romances in Revolution 19 are as automatic and simplistic as it gets, oh and completely unprovoked as well. There are no similarities/differences given to attract any of them to another, but does that stop a little hooking up from happening? Of course not. Ugh.
The book, admittedly, was exciting. Eight-year-old me probably would have enjoyed it quite a bit, but there were too many flaws too reconcile the book overall. I wanted to like it, it just didn’t work out. Thank you as always for reading and come back tomorrow for day 32!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #31/365