Today, I'm reviewing I Heart Robot by Suzanne Van Rooyen as part of the blog tour and there's a giveaway at the bottom. (note - there's a second post today for an absolutely adorable (ah, bear cubs!) romance below this post. Don't forget to check it out, but now, back to I Heart Robot - one of the best books I've this year! First, a bit about the book.
Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who won't belittle her musical aspirations. Q-I-99 aka 'Quinn' lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power. Tyri and Quinn's worlds collide when they're accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn's love of music brings them closer together, making Tyri question where her loyalties lie and Quinn question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, Tyri and Quinn make a shocking discovery that turns their world inside out. Will their passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart?
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I knew I wanted to read I Heart Robot from the moment I saw the cover and blurb. The musical connection drew me in further as I played piano as a kid, including mostly classical pieces.
The book didn’t disappoint. I Heart Robot ranks high in the top 5 books I’ve read in the past year and easily garnishes a rare 5 stars from me. Grammar, formatting, and writing skill are equally top-notch. Ms. Van Rooyen has a lovely, artistic voice without overdoing it, and she weaves the texture of sound through every passage, making music as important to the reader as the main characters.
I Heart Robot is set in a future Scandinavia, and culture and fascinating technology are also woven seamlessly into the story.
Teenage Tyri lives with her mom, a roboticist, and Glitch, her Shiba Inu with a prosthetic leg. She lives for music and wants to play a violin solo for the local youth orchestra, against her mother’s wishes that she find a more “useful” career. Her main competition is Quinn, a beautiful boy who plays with technical precision. He shares her passion for music, but has a slightly different agenda for winning the coveted solo spot. He wants to prove that robots are capable of so much more than servitude as he pretends to be human. Quinn and Tyri both develop feelings for each other as their friends and family pull them in opposite directions.
In fact, the world is set on the verge of robots rebelling against humans in search of the same rights to freedom and safety. Quinn has robot friends who’ve joined the local resistance. Tyri has friends who are determined to destroy any chance of the robots succeeding, even if it means the destruction of all. Pretty sure there’s got to be sparks in that set up – but I’m not spoiling anyone’s fun by sharing!
I highly recommend this book with 5 stars. The world-building is awesome, the relationships tense and beautiful.
Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Sweden and is busy making friends with the ghosts of her Viking ancestors. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When she grows up, she wants to be an elf – until then, she spends her time (when not writing) wall climbing, buying far too many books, and entertaining her shiba inu, Lego.
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