Monday, July 30, 2018

Review Blitz: GEN ONE by Amy Bartelloni @AmyCipWrites @agarcia6510

Title: GEN ONE
Author: Amy Bartelloni
Genre: Upper YA science fiction
Cover Designer: Covers by Christian
Editor: Toni Rakestraw
Publication Date: July 29th, 2018


Generations after robots conquered Earth, the remaining population survives in the ash of their defeat. Within their walls in Authority City, bots test and develop super soldiers. Rumors of horrible experiments are enough to keep humans in line. At least, most humans.

Eighteen-year-old Delilah O’Connor scavenges the ruins with her friend Zane, and Gen, a generation one bot they repaired off the grid. Gen’s curiosity gives Delilah hope for the future, but not enough hope to go against the Authority. She finds Zane’s dreams of a human resistance pointless, and it’s enough to keep their on-and-off relationship mostly off.

When they discover two dead guards in a shady trading stop known as the Banks, everything changes. Framed for the murders and pursued by Authority bots, Zane takes Delilah to the only safe space he knows—the headquarters for the Human Coalition. Even there Zane isn’t safe. When he’s captured, Delilah and Gen must join an unlikely alliance of bot and human to go in to Authority City and save him before he becomes another casualty. Things in Authority City aren’t as they seem, they’re worse. And Delilah might lose more than her friend within its walls.

My Review:

The bots have taken over the world and now rule over the humans. The bots take humans against their will and use them to run horrible experiments on. This is how they keep most of the humans in line. But there are some humans that don’t take much to lying down as they say.

Delilah and her friend Zane are scavengers and they get their scrapes to sell in the ruins and then they take it to the banks to sell. Zane knows a few people there and knows where he can get the best deals.

Delilah and Zane have a generation one bot that they found and repaired. They call their bot Gen. Delilah has learnt a lot from Gen and is becoming to wonder if maybe Gen has a soul as she does seem to have feelings and can think for herself.

After discovering two human bodies under a bridge Delilah and Zane find themselves in a heap of trouble and running from the bots. Zane takes Delilah to the only safe place he knows of and that is the headquarters of the Human Coalition. If the bots catch them it could mean the end of their life or the end of life as they know it.

Zane has kept his involvement with the Human Coalition a secret from Delilah because he wants to protect her. But he soon learns that Delilah is a lot stronger than he thought her to be. Delilah is little upset with Zane when she finds out about his involvement in the Coalition.

After he is captured by the bots Delilah and the Human Coalition make plans to infiltrate Authority City to find Zane and help him to escape the bots before they use him in one of their experiments.

Delilah has never wanted to fight but after everything that she has now seen she can’t just walk away she has to help save the human race. She may not be able to save Zane without a fight.

Gen One has action, love, bots with feelings, fighting, murder and bots that rule the humans. Gen One is a fast paced read that will keep you hanging on wanting to know where the characters are going next and what they are going to do. Will there be war? A war between the humans and the bots. Who will win? The humans or the bots? Pick up your copy today to find out all the answers. 

Amy Bartelloni is a reader, writer, coffee addict, & musical lover who lives with her husband, 3 children, and various animals in the northeast US. When she's not playing mom-taxi, you can find her with her nose in a book or her head in the clouds. A people watcher and science fiction junkie, she still believes dreams can come true. The author of the Andromeda series with Limitless Publishing, (Andromeda, Orion's Curse, and the Scorpio Project), and contributor to Prep for Doom, Tricks, Treats, and Zombies, and 13: Resurrected, some of her favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Jasper Fforde, Paulo Coelho, and Stephen King.

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Gen's shoulders slumped.  "Biological experiments.  Merging humans and robots.  Creating, essentially, a new species.  Delilah..."  She looked up and met Delilah's eyes. She had always thought it was hard to read Gen's emotions.  Her engineering made it possible for her to cover what she was thinking, but not now.  Fear was written all over her face.  Gen even paled.  When had that been added to her programming? "They're experimenting with souls.  They think if we can merge human and robots, we can take it from you, somehow.  Souls.  Humanity."

            The look of abject misery on Gen's face was more than Delilah could bear.  She walked back to the table, angled the wiggly chair so she was sitting right across from Gen, and sat down so close their knees touched.

            She knew the debate.  According to the stories, it was one of the reasons for the bots and humans to go to war.  That bots weren't real.  That they were a construct, and thus, had no soul.  The fact that the new bots were all attached to a central command, so to speak, made them mindless machines.  But they didn't have to be.  Gen was proof of that.  She took Gen's hand and curled their fingers together.  There was no difference. Flesh was flesh.  Born, or created.

            "You have a soul," Delilah said, quietly.  She'd never come out and said it, but she knew it in her heart to be true.  Gen was as much a person as she was.  The realization had come on her slowly, after living with Gen and seeing the bot learn to handle human emotions: anger, pride, even love.  These last few days had cinched it for her.

            A single tear streamed down the bot's cheek, it's salty makeup configured so as not to affect her systems.  Gen pulled her hand back and wiped it.  "We don't even know if you have a soul," the bot joked, the humor returning to her eyes.  It was true, no matter how many experiments they did, the idea of a soul was theoretical, at best.  No one could prove or disprove it.

            "Gen," Delilah leaned in, "whatever it is that makes us human.  You have it.  I'm not sure why the bots are trying to experiment with humans when they had it right the first time.  Your independence.  Your curiosity.  Your sense of right and wrong.  Your spirit of adventure."

            Gen made a noise somewhere between a laugh and a hiccup, and Delilah continued.  "And I consider you more than a friend.  You're a sister." They both stood and Gen pulled her into a hug.


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