Wednesday, December 23, 2015

BOOK REVIEW - Robots on Strike!

Author: Sean Dowd -
Format: Kindle ebook. free at the time on amazon.
Did it feel like a full novel: More like a flimsy novella.
Cliffhanger: No.
Genre: sci fi
Dates Read: Dec 8-12, 2015
Official Blurb: More than science fiction, a way of considering how robots and automation could change the way global economy and politics work. 

The story takes us through the life of a supply chain and robotics tycoon as his new innovations present a quite unexpected result. 

How can robots go on strike? 
They were hard-wired to obey humans, so how could it possibly happen? 

The three laws of robotics could have some loophole? Maybe it is for our own good... or maybe not...

One Sentence: Really good premise, but not enough substance for good execution.

Full Review: I really wanted to like this a lot, but I couldn't do more than a 'sort of' like. The novel is very quick, with the plot points just coming up in a neat little line. There's no real characterization, and the little bit of history you get doesn't seem to serve any good purpose. While I like the ideas that are approached, with having robots replacing the human workforce in increasing numbers, and the further developments resulting from that, it just felt too rushed.

And I also didn't care for how flippant Tom as about the Three Laws he admits to using from Asimov. It seemed to me that the entirety of I, Robot made it clear that the laws are not infallible. Pretty much things kept messing up because though they sounded good, they couldn't foresee every possible situation. 

The way the dialogue was written was annoying too. It kept pulling me away from the story, making the book feel more like a first or second draft, or something like that. Would be curious to see what else Mr. Dowd will do in the future, but this book alone would make me a touch hesitant to read other reviews of other works first.

Rating: 2 stars

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