Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Red Gods Sing
SERIES: The Brobots Trilogy
AUTHOR: Trevor Barton
LENGTH: 400 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 15, 2017
You’re a robot man living in 2060’s America. You’re off on a hot date. Forget fake news and flying saucers. What’s the one thing you should’ve packed?
Josh could be forgiven for being a little forgetful. In his world, the problem isn’t with AI. It’s with humans. (Some of them, at least.)
A threat is looming, and with it an ultimatum. Brobots like Josh can rise up. Or they can face extinction. Josh has decisions to make. But where will they leave a post-singularity world?
Those of you who read my review of the first book in this series will know that I was captivated by the story of a man…out for a walk, who found legs hanging out of a dumpster…and the story that ensued of the relationship between that man and the robot, or more accurately Brobot, that was attached to the legs.
Now we have book two in the series, which I’ve been looking forward to. I had planned on re-reading the first book before starting this one, and I have to say I truly wish I had had the time to do it. I spent a good portion of the beginning of this book trying to remember exactly who the characters were. As I went along, it came back to me, but in pieces, and I’m not sure all of it ever did. I read somewhere that this one could be read as a standalone. It probably could, as in essence that is what I did this time because of the not being able to re-read the other one, due to this pesky thing called Hurricane Irma. Hurricanes aside, I would personally stick with recommending reading the first one before this one if you are able to.
That said, let’s talk about this current book. It moves to the next ‘generation’ of the Brobots, Josh, the ‘son’ of the characters in the previous book. Josh is a different series of Brobot and his model was designed to appear younger. No surprise that his love interest is also younger, but theirs is a love that might not work out as they both hope. There are changes coming to the world. A shadow network of what appears to be uber-wealthy families have been controlling humankind from behind the scenes for possibly centuries. That group is now ready to make their big play.
What will happen to Josh, his family, and his friends when all hell breaks loose?
I found Red Gods Sing to be an entertaining story. To keep it honest, I do have to tell you that it jumped around quite a lot and at times I had to pause to figure out what was going on, and who the characters were. It might have been a little overwritten in spots, but I think the whole package worked well together. There again were some instances of British English versus American English, which didn’t fit if the story was based predominantly in the US. Little things like the word naivety which is BE, that stumbled in my mind’s voice. I had to stop and look it up to see for sure that it meant the same as naïveté which is most commonly used in AE. I know I’m being picky, but I know I mentioned it in my review of the first book, where we saw words like ‘lounge’.
In conclusion…as the book went along, I got into the story, and the book moved along quite quickly after that. I’m still not sure what happened to the little old lady with the dog that peed on the robot’s arm, but I’m going to rate the book 4.0 on our scale anyway, meaning I liked it a lot and would recommend it. I seriously recommend reading Brobots first though!