Can Kevin, Nick and Cass survive apart in a robot-controlled world?
Fresh from an unsuccessful attempt to free their parents from the robot-controlled City (Revolution 19, 2013), 13-year-old technology expert Kevin, his adopted older sister, Cass, and his older brother, Nick, set out to find a robot-free Freepost like the one where they grew up, as well as their liberated City friends, Lexi and Farryn. After a disagreement, Kevin is abducted by robots who seem friendly. Chasing them, Cass suffers an accident that brings her to the brink of death. Nick can only watch as City robots take her away. Still trying desperately to find Kevin, Nick accepts the help of enigmatic Erica, but bots dog their every step. Kevin discovers an enclave where robots and humans work together; Cass is brainwashed and returned to her birth family; and Nick joins the rebels as he continues his search for his siblings. Will the trio be able to reunite and find their friends? Picking up where the first left off, Rosenblum’s second could stand alone, but it’s best read as a sequel. There’s no great character development or innovative plotting, but good action sequences and an interesting future milieu make this fine pleasure reading.
Devised by the minds behind 24 and Homeland, can a TV series be far behind? A sequel isn’t. (Science fiction. 12-16)