A book that is extremely difficult to put down, so much so, I read it in one go!
A thoroughly interesting story with great characters and a powerful message about the way many of us live in our modern, fast paced world.
The author has a real gift in making characters and situations believable and sets each scene superbly well.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend to all ages. As the reader, you become immersed in the story and whilst there are a number of interesting characters, it never becomes confusing and is brought to a close with real skill - pulling all strands together in an innovative way - whilst giving the reader plenty to think about.
A thought-provoking read about the dangers of modern life - corporate greed, money before love and isolation.
This is a well-written story with great characters - good and bad - and a plot, which is chilling in parts. It has life lessons and a strong moral compass, if you are willing to take note..and a twist.
The idea of AI can be scary and we all understand our reliance on machines. One robot's quest is intriguing and heartfelt in this unusual tale. Robert's story is both disturbing, as it highlights some of today's parenting, and hopeful.
A mix of messages that culminate into a warning; who among us will listen and change? Themes of love, friendship, good v evil and technology make this a great read.
What a brilliant read this was. I could not put it down until I found out how this story unfolded. There is a powerful message within these pages warning the reader of how easy it is to lose one's way in today's busy world. It takes a little robot called UMA to show what is really important in life which is friends and family and the time you spend with them. I would love to have a little robot friend like UMA to keep me on track.
This book is ideal for readers aged 9 years and beyond. It is a wonderful story which leaves you with a warm glow inside after reading it. (Just like UMA). You will not be disappointed.
I received an ARC copy of this book and am volunteering to leave a review.
Highly recommended read for ages 7-120. Lovely and clever interwoven stories of life, love, friendship - sci-if, corporate villainy, parental deviancy, personal challenges - I loved it, and as a corporate worker (25+ years) I understand and echo the sentiment and moral learnings - which I hope my kids get to help them survive, thrive and enhance happiness in their lives. Great debut book - very fresh and contemporary.
I was given this book as a gift by a friend. I am a mum to 3 children aged 19,15 & 4. This book is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. It makes you realise as a parent how much time we and our children spend of electronic devices and how we need to spend more time together. This is a great book for young readers (11 plus) upto adults who are looking for a great thought provoking book. I could not put this book down and read within 2 days , my 19 is just beginning to read this book too.
People may laugh at the analogy but those that read and understand the meaning/message from Andrew Glennon's short story will understand! Watching your team score the winning goal in a cup final on a black & white TV is just as uplifting & and joyous as watching in 65" HD colour and reading this book transported me back to reading The Lotus Eater as a teenager and all the important non materialistic ways life should be lived and enjoyed.These things we learn to forget with age and performance driven measurements of modern life & work - Thanks for reminding me there are more important things in life than materliasm, consumption, 'employee benefits' and achieving 'performance % targets'
A fantastic book that highlights the best and worst of humanity all wrapped up in a story that I found hard to put down. The characters are warm and recognisable to me as the reader with the author managing to balance using humour with thought provoking traits of the modern world. This book will have appeal to a wide range of ages from young teenagers all the way through to the mature reader.
This is a page turner with imaginative characters and a gripping story that is much deeper than it first appears.It gets its message over in a really simple, effective way and has a lot of laughs along the way. I loved the relationship between the main characters and the villains that they meet along the way.
I would recommend this book to teenagers,children of all ages and adults would really get a lot from it too. It has a message that really rings true to the modern world and a lesson to teach about human relationships and modern technology. Loved it!