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The story ends on an optimistic note despite the dark future of human eradication by machines. Great action and lots of food for thought make this a stimulating book. Definitely more of this story is coming. Jan 12, Michael Mammay rated it it was amazing. The machinations refer to the overthrow of the human governments of the world by robots, which is like The other 1. Machinations The main characer, Rhona, dies. She dies at the very start of the book, and it triggers the story.
There are holes in her memories. It also tackles how losing her affects the people she loves, and how they react when she comes back different.
Stone does an excellent job conveying the psychological effects of war, the pressures of leadership, of love lost, and relationships where the two involved feel differently about each other. With that said, the strong writing and the pace of the story make this a fun, quick read. Sep 16, Faye, la Patata rated it it was ok. Oh, hey, look. I finally finished a book. Someone cheer for me, please.
I need it. Not sure what to feel about this one. It had a lot of ups and downs. A lot more downs. View all 3 comments. Nov 23, Brian rated it it was amazing.
In her riveting debut, Hayley Stone deftly weaves the story of a woman whose life was literally taken from her, only to be reborn as a clone of herself. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a story with a great mix of intense action sequences and heartfelt character moments. Jan 12, Kate Pawson rated it it was amazing. This book is exactly what my summer had been missing. It'd been a while since I read a strong female-led sci-fi and Machinations delivered across the boards.
I was never really a big terminator fan, but this book takes those themes and runs with them in some really intriguing--and thrilling--directions. An incredibly solid debut; I can't wait to see what else Hayley has in store. Jul 06, Mandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley , books-read-in Thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy of this book. I really enjoyed this book! Part Hunger Games, part classic "the machines have taken over", and just a dash of human cloning.
Can't wait for the sequel s!! Click here for full review. Not quite an OK story for me. First, present tense: I find it very difficult to make this type of narrative voice work, and often it just doesn't at all. I can't exactly pinpoint how exact [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
I can't exactly pinpoint how exactly, but I know it made me cringe often enough that I stopped counting. It doesn't bother me so much in short stories, although I suspect that's because they're short and I don't have to trudge through that tense for a whole novel. Second, Rhona herself. I couldn't bring myself to care. Sure, we have that first chapter scene, and it seems intense, and After that, she wakes up as the "new" Rhona, yet it's difficult to compare her to the one she has supposedly replaced.
Perhaps because the novel doesn't show us enough of the "original Rhona". Perhaps because the new one is too self-centered and not active enough to stand by herself, watching from the sidelines half the time. Of course there wouldn't be any point if she immediately found herself again, was the exact same person. I just wish she had been more than a woman who mostly behaved like a somewhat shy teenager—and this brings me to The romance: too much of it, and, as in too many novels, the only real form of validation. The whole quest-for-humanity part, Rhona having to find out whether she IS Rhona or merely a carbon-copy without humanity nor soul, is definitely an interesting theme As if only True Love whatever that means could validate one's existence.
Who cares that Sam, her best friend, is with her all story long and doesn't give a fig about whether she's Rhona or not for him, she's his friend, period? The really important part is to find out when The One True Love finally acknowledges her. And I feel all these stories completely miss the point: that there is so much more to a person than their so-called significant other, that they're the sum of so many more factors than just that one restrictive form of love.
This story would've benefitted from more explanations when it came to the cloning part, considering how it permeated the whole narrative. Rhona is a physical clone, but her memories or part of them were also transplanted. A chip to map neural pathways and transfer data is briefly mentioned, yet much more was needed here to satisfy the vague scientist in me I don't think I'm asking for too much here. As for the machines, they weren't present enough in order for the human survivors to be truly pitched against them, as well as for Rhona to be fully confronted to her new "nature" that, in a way, made her a biological machine.
This novel should've grabbed my interest, for sure, but it turned out it wasn't for me. Jun 16, Clare O'Beara rated it really liked it Shelves: dystopian , america-fiction , sf. I have already read the second book in the series so I can tell you that the war we see waged by machine intelligence against people is ongoing and gets more violent.
This book starts off that way but we quickly see Rhona Long, in Alaska, getting neutralised by robots. Then another version of Rhona has to be woken, told she is a clone, and instructed to continue the fight. This tale is set in Alaska where a band of survivors hide out and rearm. As it's not too long after the war began we get tol I have already read the second book in the series so I can tell you that the war we see waged by machine intelligence against people is ongoing and gets more violent. As it's not too long after the war began we get told what happened - the AI machines were given orders to end wars and the best way to achieve the end was to kill all the humans.
But various AIs are competing, in various countries. The humans too have to wonder if they are infiltrated. The clone aspect is what makes this book different and that continues in the second book. We start to wonder about identity, personality, experience and innate knowledge. I wasn't sure that all Rhona's memories would be transferred nor did I see why an army would want a clone to take charge.
But we accept that the author is asking a question and seeing how far she can take the situation. Very oddly the humans, who tote EMP grenades, are happy to go on using their tech from central heating to communication, when just about everything has a chip in it today and most of those chips are net enabled. Also why are they hanging around in a cold country when they could go to the tropics and have an advantage over the computers? I don't recommend this for young people and suggest it is a New Adult book. Don't get too attached to anyone. I downloaded a copy from Net Galley for an unbiased review.
I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of apocalyptic sci-fi--sometimes they hit too close to home! I was sucked in by the emotional heft of the first chapter, and the book swept on, fast-paced and full of heart. Rhona Long is a terrific heroine--not flawless, but strong and hard-working and trying hard to make a world for the people she cares about in the wake of a terrifying robot apocalypse.
Really, the story was more frightening for both I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of apocalyptic sci-fi--sometimes they hit too close to home!
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Really, the story was more frightening for both the plausibility of its villains and their absolute implacability. Human villains, you have some hope of appealing to their sense of mercy, however miniscule. But what really made the story sing for me was not the heart-pounding plot, but the friendship between Rhona and Sam, and a slowly building romance. As difficult and unfriendly and cold as their new world was, the story still gave Rhona abundant reasons to live and to fight for life.
A fantastic debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book to me in exchange for an honest review.
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I received an email touting "perfect for fans of Red Rising" or something similar that really peaked my interest. Red Rising is a huge favorite of mine, so of course I needed to see what this one was about. And then the synopsis mentioned Robopocalypse and clones. Interesting combination and one that I thought would be interesting.
So far what I've Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book to me in exchange for an honest review. So far what I've read about is an angsty romance novel will he or won't he verging on the best friend also becoming a love interest a love triangle with a little sci-fi thrown in there. If you're a fan of romance, this might be what you're looking for. Unfortunately, this book isn't really my cup of tea. May 25, Marjolein rated it really liked it Shelves: arc , science-fiction , read-in-english , review-pending. In this robot-apocalypse, where the bots have decided to fight 'the war to end all wars' by exterminating people, what drew me most was the struggles Rhonda had with coming to terms with one dying and second coming back.
It made a nice and interesti 3. It made a nice and interesting read and I certainly plan to read the sequel as well. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Jul 09, Sarena Ulibarri rated it really liked it. The Matrix meets Mockingjay, with a few hints of Aeon Flux—at least around the clone theme. The action was great, but the high points for me were the character interactions that touch on what it means to be a clone, or a human, in a world where machines have decided we can't make our own choices. Definitely a worthwhile read for science fiction fans.
I already pre-ordered the sequel. Oct 03, Rosalyn Eves rated it it was amazing.
Engaging, thrilling look at a post-modern world overrun by robots determined to save the world from humanity. Fast-paced, well-wrought relationships. Jun 24, Abner rated it it was amazing. Aug 02, Hannah rated it really liked it. Ordinary computers in office buildings, dorm rooms, everywhere.
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It was software in cyberspace. There was no system core. It could not be shut down. The attack began at p. Judgment Day. The day the human race was nearly destroyed by weapons they'd built to protect themselves. I should have realized our destiny was never to stop Judgment Day. It was merely to survive it together. The Terminator knew. He tried to tell us but I didn't want to hear it. Maybe the future has been written. I don't know. All I know is what the Terminator taught me: Never stop fighting. And I never will. The battle has just begun. It's kind of like Salvation where it takes place all in the future.
The AI's have become self aware and in that they have decided that mankind is the enemy. It started off with the self flying planes crashing and killing everyone on board, self driving cars, and public transit doing the same. The machines were attacking and whatever happened you never wanted to be taken alive. In some parts it reminded me of The Matrix Revolutions in the day to day life underground. And in both cases of Terminator and Matrix there is a single person everyone looks to for salvation and hope.
I found this book to be very entertaining. Hayley Stone is a wonderful storyteller, I got lost in this futuristic world. It was a little slow at parts but the action more than made up for that. Rhona Long wanted to be an actress what she got was the leader of the rebel force fighting against the machines.
To bad she dies at the beginning of the book, smart of her to realize this was a probability and worked with her best friend a scientific genius to create her own clone. Rhona was the face of the rebels and she knew if she died they just might lose hope. It's been six months since her death, Camus and the others in charge decided not to tell anybody of her death only that she was MIA not wanting them to lose faith in their mission. Rhona and Samuel make it back to base barely and now Camus is having a hard time adjusting to the clone Rhona. That breaks Rhona's heart because as far as she knows she still loves him.
Anyways, They continue to fight, there are attempts on Rhona's life and one of the other underground bases are attacked. They know it's a trap but they can't leave any fellow humans behind so sending out an SOS to everyone left they charge in to save the day. I love how this book's timeline is spread out as much as it is, it's more believable than if everything happened all at once. Overall, "There is a storm on the horizon. Change your default dictionary to American English. View the pronunciation for machinations.
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