SciFi Book Review: Revolution 19

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us. Headstrong seventeen-year-old Nick has spent his whole life in a community in the wilderness, hiding out from the robots that have enslaved mankind. But when the bots discover the community’s location, he, his tech-geek younger brother, Kevin, and adopted sister, Cass, barely make it out alive—only to discover that their home has been destroyed and everyone they love is missing.

All survivors were captured and taken to one of the robots’ Cities. The siblings have been hearing tales about the Cities all their lives—humans are treated like animals, living in outdoor pens and forced to build new bots until they drop dead from exhaustion. Determined to find out if their parents are among the survivors, Nick, Kevin, and Cass venture into the heart of the City, but it is nothing like they’ve been told. As they live among the bots for the first time, they realize they’re fighting for more than just their family. The robots have ruled for too long, and now it’s time for a revolution.

Like in the Terminator films, the robots fought us, won, and are now in control. Some humans are living in small communities in hiding – but free. Nick, Cass, and Kevin decide to venture into a City where humans are not free in search of their missing parents. Nick is the eldest of his siblings and feels the most responsible, but he’s not always level headed or thinking things through. Cass is adopted, her parents taken from her by the robots when she was just a small child. She’s smart, talented, and the one who acts older than her years. And Kevin is the youngest, but a genius with tech and their best chance at fighting back against the machines.

Science fiction and post-apocalypse fans of all ages will enjoy this fast-paced, thrilling adventure. With intense suspense and danger around every turn, this new series debut is impossible to put down and over too quickly. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement as it reads like you’re watching a film. Revolution 19 is a promising start to a new series with plenty of potential that I will certainly be following.