Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Goodreads Stars: 3
I am muy disappointed. I was expecting something AMAZING with this one. I mean, come on, there are evil robots that turn on their creators. How could this NOT be good? So much potential was wasted here.
That rant was slightly more ranty than I intended. Because I did like Revolution 19. It was a good book. It just wasn’t the Terminator 2 that I was expecting. Sorry, I’m just a little disappointed since this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2013 and I didn’t love it, though I certainly liked it.
The plot was good, the characters were good, the writing was good… It was just all fairly average.
I didn’t feel particularly connected to any of the characters. We didn’t really get inside their heads, despite it being told from all three of their points of view. There was a little bit of romance in there, that I mostly ignored. It was pointless, and didn’t go anywhere. Was it just put in to satisfy the younger readers who enjoy a cute love story? Maybe. But it wasn’t even cute, to be honest. It made it easier to ignore the romance that was there.
There was one point where I thought the book was going to get really good. One of the characters went to a re-education centre, and it had SO. MUCH. POTENTIAL to be great. Unfortunately it wasn’t. We hardly saw anything in there.
The ending of the novel was great. Truly. It was action packed, and had me worrying about the characters and what was going to happen to them. Unfortunately, it was all a bit too easy. And I say that, but some of the characters got injured and/or left behind, but STILL. Too easy. I was expecting giant explosions, deaths and severe separations… from each other, I mean, not separated body parts. Though that would have been good too.
There was also an epilogue, which I ended up really enjoying. I often say that epilogues are not needed, and most of them could easily be included in the bulk of the story. Or sometimes epilogues are just ridiculous and they end up annoying me (looking at you, HP7 and Mockingjay). But this one was good. We got a little bit of insight into the top of the robot pyramid, and it also teased the next book – I’m assuming there’s going to be a sequel – just enough to keep me interested.
I definitely think that younger readers of YA would enjoy this book, or those who prefer a simple story. If you’re looking for a complex story then you should probably check out more reviews before deciding on whether or not you want to buy it.