Dec 27, 2012

Review: Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

Title: Revolution 19
Author: Gregg Rosenblum
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing Date: January 8, 2013
Pages/Format: 272, ARC

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. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: Interesting

Going into Revolution 19, I was expecting something Terminator-esque: a destroyed, gray world full of scruffy, dirty survivors and terrifying, controlling robots. While parts of the world in this book were kind of like that, it wasn't painted that way. Part of me really liked this book, and part of me thinks it was just okay. I liked the concept and think it has potential, but I think it needs some growth.

The writing wasn't anything special, but it wasn't bad. It was simple and sometimes lacked depth. But it was, for the most part, readable, and that's a very important thing in books. I devoured this book rather quickly, even though it's a shorter read. I found myself enjoying it, and not really knowing what was going to happen next--several things did happen in this book, some expected, some unexpected, and some not happening when I thought they would. 

Revolution 19 begins with an attention grabbing prologue, and then dives into the future at a Freepost: a place where escapees and survivors live in the wild. I thought more of the story would take place here, but not much did. It didn't take long for the main characters--Nick, Cass, and Kevin--to head to the city where the robots are (and more people that are living differently and somewhat normally) in search of their parents. In the city, it was interesting to see the robots in their habitat, and see how people lived with them--if robots ever take over the world, maybe things won't be as bad as they are in Terminator. Not that it's all sunshine and kittens in Revolution 19, either.

The characters were basic, and I never fully connected with them. Nick's the oldest of the three siblings and is blind in one eye because of a robot. When they're separated from their parents, he takes charge and makes sacrifices for his family. The middle child is Cass, who's adopted because her parents were killed by robots. She's the athletic and artistic one. Then there's the youngest teen Kevin, who's the tech guy. Together, they each bring something that helps them survive in a world where humans aren't dominant.

In the end, I enjoyed Revolution 19. It's different than most books I read, and I liked how it was like a robot apocalypse instead of a zombie apocalypse. While I wish it had me on my toes more, it was still full of action and thrills. The ending left me wanting more, and I will most definitely read the next book. For a debut, it wasn't too shabby, but it has some room to improve.

Did I like it? Yes.
Did I love it? No.
Would I reread it? If I develop a robot craving.
Would I purchase it? Not full price.
Would I recommend it? Yes, but not hardcore.


  1. I have about 50 more pages till I finished with this one, I need to get reading it. I have enjoyed it so far too, not the greatest book ever, but I agree interesting concept and still intriguing.

  2. I havent read reviews with all that much love for this one but i still think I'm going to give it ago since it does seem like it has an interesting plot. Definitely not purchasing it though I'll just wait for it to come ot my library.
    great review!

  3. This sounds interesting, something a bit different to all the other books out there. Hopefully it'll appear in my library...

  4. Guess I'll be getting this on the kindle rather than a hardcover. I was really looking forward to this book but I haven't heard anyone say they loved it. Great review!


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