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.
Heart-warming but thought provoking at the same time. Made me re-assess not only the time I spend with loved ones but also the quality of that time. The irony that I was literally glued to my kindle reading this during a half term holiday with my children was not lost on me, and this limited my reading time to when they had gone to bed (or were glued to the tv!).
What starts out as an apparently simple story about childhood experiences becomes a more critical look at how we change as we ‘develop’ into young adulthood and start to mimic the attitudes and behaviours of our parents, adopting their values which seemed so ridiculous to us as children. I am now back at work after the half-term break reading this book and feeling like a bit of a lonely robot at my desk in a large global corporation......
An excellent book. The storyline is well constructed with interesting characters and its message warns us of the danger of blindly chasing success. I particularly enjoyed the amusing Corporate anecdotes which are sadly so true. A must read for those about to make their way in the world and for those who already on the treadmill.
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.
A book for..everyone! In fact I loved this book so much I think it should be part of the curriculum! It carries a very powerful message. It reminds us 'adults' what is important. Our children want our time not 'stuff' we are all working like 'robots' to accumulate more and more. I started to read this book and couldn't put it down. The author is awesome! I have asked when he is going to write the next one
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.