My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The premise of Revolution 19 was promising: robots built to fight humanity’s wars turned against us and took over to save us from ourselves. Unfortunately, the book didn’t live up to its potential.
Revolution 19 could’ve been a much longer book, because in this case its brevity cost it a lot of much-needed development. First of all: the characters. I didn’t connect with any of its three main characters, mostly because it jumped around so often I didn’t feel like I got a chance to know them. I felt like a spectator in this story, and that really turned me off of the book as a whole.
Second: the relationships. I got the sense that Kevin, Nick, and Cass had a pretty typical sibling relationship – they give each other a hard time, but they have each other’s backs. My problem was with their relationship to the secondary characters, whose names I didn’t really bother to remember because, despite the crucial role some of these characters played, I didn’t really get why Kevin et. al were trusting these people they’d just met.
Finally: the plot. It moved fast, but not in a good way. There were several key points I think could’ve been drawn out or used more development, because everything that happened seemed way too sudden and/or convenient. Additionally, the ending was very anticlimactic, not to mention how unsatisfying the epilogue was.
The ending leaves things open for a sequel. I will not be reading it.