To Be Read: Boeken over Robots

Ik heb het idee van robots altijd al heel tof gevonden, maar sinds het lezen van Partials ben ik echt benieuwd geworden naar dit thema. Daarom ging ik op zoek naar dystopische boeken met robots erin. En dan heb ik het niet over robots in de zin van mechanische computers, maar meer een soort van artificial intelligence of supermensen. Robots met menselijke trekjes en gevoelens dus! De volgende boeken passen binnen mijn definitie van robots en staan op mijn TBR.

Mila 2.0. – Debra Driza
“Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do. Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.”

Alleen al de cover van Mila 2.0 is voor mij reden genoeg om dit boek te willen lezen. Wat een schoonheid! Maar ook de synopsis klinkt erg tof; een meisje dat ontdekt dat ze gecreëerd is in een lab – ik ben benieuwd hoe dat afloopt..

Revolution 19 – Gregg Rosenblum
“Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.
Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.”

Ook Revolution 19 heeft een mooie cover, maar hier is het vooral het verhaal dat voor mij de doorslag geeft. Robots die door de mensheid ontwikkelt zijn als leger en zich vervolgens tegen diezelfde mensen keren. Het verhaal is een beetje vergelijkbaar met Partials, maar ik ben zeer benieuwd naar deze uitwerking van Gregg Rosenblum.

Cinder – Marissa Meyer
“Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”

Over Cinder heb ik al enorm veel goede verhalen gehoord, maar zelf heb ik dit populaire boek nog altijd niet gelezen. Niet alleen de cover spreekt me aan, ook het verhaal – een futuristische versie van Cinderella – lijkt me heel erg tof. Hoog tijd om deze serie aan te schaffen dus!

Impostor – Susanne Winnacker
Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.
Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.”

Misschien iets minder robotachtig, maar wel een boek waarvan de synopsis me ontzetetnd aanspreekt. En hoewel ik normaal gezien niet heel erg van de politie/FBI/mysterie/detective verhalen ben, lijkt Impostor me een frisse wind binnen het dystopische genre. Een welkome afwisseling!

Robocalypse – Daniel H. Wilson
“In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.
When the Robot War ignites – at a moment known later as Zero Hour – humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.”

Het verhaal van Robocalypse vind ik stiekem nu al behoorlijk creepy – en de cover helpt ook niet echt mee. Het lijkt me zeker weten een spannend en origineel verhaal, maar wel eentje die pas lees als ik zeker weet dat ik ’s avonds niet alleen thuis ben..

Tankborn – Karen Sandler
“Best friends Kayla and Mishalla know they will be separated for their Assignments. They are GENs, Genetically Engineered Non-humans, and in their strict caste system, GENs are at the bottom rung of society. GENs are gestated in a tank and sent to work as slaves as soon as they reach age fifteen.
When Kayla is Assigned to care for Zul Manel, the patriarch of a trueborn family, she finds secrets and surprises; not least of which is her unexpected friendship with Zul’s great-grandson. Meanwhile, the children that Mishalla is Assigned to care for are being stolen in the middle of the night.
After weeks of toiling in their Assignments, mystifying circumstances enable Kayla and Mishalla to reunite. Together they hatch a plan to save the disappearing children. Yet can GENs really trust humans? Both girls must put their lives and hearts at risk to crack open a sinister conspiracy, revealing secrets no one is ready to face.”

Alweer zo’n boek met een mooie cover! Bovendien heeft Tankborn een heel andere visie op robots; het gaat hier niet om een robotleger, maar eerder om robotdienstverlening. Een interessante invalshoek! Daarnaast vind ik het leuk dat het hoofdpersonage niet menselijk is.

Glitch – Heather Anastasiu
“In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.
When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.
As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.”

Dit boek kocht ik laatst bij Awesomebooks. Het klinkt me behoorlijk robotachtig in de oren en ik ben dan ook heel nieuwsgierig naar dit verhaal!

Welk (dystopisch) boeken over robots raad jij mij aan?


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