Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: EXOTIQA by M. Black @AmiBlackwelder @yaboundtourspr

M. Black
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Thriller

Release Date: March 1, 2017


The second YA SyFy dystopian Thriller released by the debut author M. Black, dubbed Divergent meets iRobot. This novel will appeal to a vast array of audiences. Filled with haunting questions of consciousness and artificial intelligence, identity and self-awareness, politics and love, life and death, the reader will be engaged in an entertaining story filled with futuristic technology. 

Set in the year 2055 in British Columbia, Canada, where humans are part robotic and robots are becoming more humanlike, the line dividing the two is becoming less clear. 

When sixteen-year-old Fione meets Maci, a twenty-one-year-old Flexbot who escapes from ImaTech located along the crust of the Coast Mountains, Fione’s life is taken on a roller-coaster ride of events that begins with trying to save Maci from ImaTech Corporation and ends with trying to save the country.

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Imagine living in a world where humans are becoming like robots and flexbots are becoming like humans. Well Fione, Maci and Pix do just that. The humans have what they call slabs inserted into their brain and a device in their palms. A slab work more like computers and palms work more like a phone or tablet. Fione uses her slab for things like working with files and her palm for surfing the internet and texting her friends.

Maci has runaway/escaped from ImaTech and her creator. Maci is a Flexbot and all the bots are being downloaded with a program called Exotiqa and Maci wants no part of this new program. She has seen what it has done to her friend Thirty. He no longer recognizes her as his friend; he no longer feels the same way about her as he did before. Exotiqa takes away the part that makes him Thirty.

And now the human world has gotten a new update, Exotiqa including most of Fione’s friends. With this new update humans are now acting like robots. They no longer have any feelings. They walk around like zombies. But Fione and Pix have refused to download Exotiqa and are very glad they have after seeing all their friends.

Now Maci, Fione and Pix are all on the run from the people and Flexbots at ImaTech. Of course neither one wants to be downloaded with Exotiqa but Maci has other reasons for running as well. Someone has put out a hit on Maci’s life. But they are not only fighting for their own lives now they are fighting for the whole country, the whole world as well as their family and friends, human and flexbot alike.

If anyone knows me or follow my reviews then you know that I love a good dystopian or science fiction novel. So when I kept hearing about Exotiqa I just had to read it. And boy am I ever glad I did. I loved it beyond reason. I kept seeing it play out in my head like a movie. I wanted to see it on the big screen. The world of Exotiqa is so amazing I don’t have any words for it.

Maci reminds me of the characters Leeloo from the movie The Fifth Element and Starman from the movie Starman. Leeloo or Starman know how to speak to humans or their language. I loved watching them learn how to talk and pick up human characteristics like I loved reading about Maci and seeing her in mind trying to be sarcastic or making facial features.

I would recommend Exotiqa to anyone who loves science fiction and/or dystopian books. Come join Fione, Maci and Pix to see if they can save the world! 

About the Author

M. Black is a writer of Dystopia, primarily in the YA SyFy genre and usually with hints of romance. 
M.Black is the pen name to author Ami Blackwelder who writes in the Paranormal genre, with hints of Romance Apocalypse;)

M.Black is usually writing on her MAC, taking care of her two cats LOTUS and ASH who show up in her books Exotiqa and Simulation, cooking her favorite vegetarian dishes like veggie chili and lasagna, or watching her favorite shows. OA on Netflix and Stranger Things a top pick.

M. Black loves to explore future worlds that are falling apart because of humanity's ignorance of warnings. She likes to incorporate technology, robots, and unique twists to keep the reader guessing. You can find her at 

If you are looking for paranormal reads, some apocalyptic, please try her other line of books under Ami Blackwelder. 

She also has one historical romance under the pen name Rebecca May.

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Amy Blackwelder said...

Thank you for revising my book!