The author sent me an ARC of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 3.6 of 5 stars
In a not-too-distant future, robots composed of metal for bones, electric cords for veins, and synthetics for skin are now available. For purchase. Eighteen-year-old Vienna Avery’s home is going to change forever, now that her mom purchased a French Chef Robot to cook and reside in their house.
Secrets will Unfold
The government claimed robots were indifferent, unthinking pieces of metal and elastic—assistance for hire to humans. Vienna never believed much of what the government said. The pieces didn’t always fit. And now Vienna knows why, because she’s uncovered the government’s secret: that robots have emotions, sucking Vienna into the underground world of feeling, thinking, and sovereign robots.
Sparks will Fly
Alec Cypher is everything a robot is not supposed to be: deep, dark, and dangerously human. And for some reason, he wants to save Vienna from the government’s prying, vindictive eyes. Going forward, Vienna will have to learn to trust robots and battle the growing feelings she never thought possible . . . feelings for the green-eyed, soul-searching robot named Alec.
Genre: Young Adult, (Urban) Science Fiction
Series: The Metal Bones Series, #1
Length: 326 pages
Release date: 2015-12-16
“Abduction is when you take someone by force or deception. I didn’t take you anywhere.” He looked over his shoulder. “We don’t have time for this. They’re coming for you and you need to be careful.”
He stepped closer, blocking my view of the crowd. “Vienna, you need to be careful with everything you do. You understand?”
I narrowed my eyes. “I am careful.”
This book introduces you to Vienna Avery – she does not trust robots in the least; it does not come as a surprise that she doesn’t approve of her mother’s hiring a robot chef. Monitoring and research do not prepare her for the events to come.
With Sparked, Sheena Snow has created a quite different science fiction novel. It starts as a compelling read, made me chuckle among the way, drew me in as I learned more about Vienna and her entourage. A turn of events and the accelerated pace after about two-thirds of the story left some major blanks for me; the blanks will hopefully be filled with the second book in the series. Sheena Snow paints a pretty clear picture of the Vienna’s mind while the story evolves. The characters are of sufficient depth and quite interesting. The story is a nicely woven combination of the world as we know it and science fiction; the twists are sometimes surprising, the last chapters left too many open questions. I am going to read the next book in the series as well, hoping to find the missing answers.
This is a book for you if you like young adult science fiction series with an urban touch.
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About the author
Sheena Snow, contrary to her name, lives in South Florida and has only seen snow once. But she would love for it to land on her eyelashes and sparkle in her hair. She loves painting, candle making, orchid shows, tattoo conventions, hockey games and library book sales! After college she landed a full-time job but kept serving pizza on the weekends and writing stories about characters she wished really existed, characters who never gave up no matter the obstacles life threw at them. At the age of twenty-six, she sold her first book and bought her very first puppy, a wonderful Yorkie named Aladdin.
Connect with the author:
Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Sparked? Or – if you did not yet read Sparked – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
My question for you cinephiles:
If Sparked was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂