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5.0 out of 5 starsglitches occur and a number of "junkers" make their living taking down rogue autobutlers and the like - the occasional tie stran
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2016
In the near future, robots are everywhere, doing most of the work for mankind. Strict laws restrict the level of autonomy they're allowed to have, and self-aware robots are expressly forbidden. Despite this, glitches occur and a number of "junkers" make their living taking down rogue autobutlers and the like - the occasional tie strangulation death is taken as the cost of convenience. However, a sudden uptick in the number of "robots gone wild" events may signal that the robot apocalypse that fringe groups have been predicting for years may finally be upon us.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Summer Blockbuster We’ve Been Waiting For, in Novel Form!
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2016
Wallace is at his cinematic best with this thrill ride of a story about faulty robot domination and the rag-tag team of mercenary-style saviors whose ability to wrangle the misfiring bots is put to some serious testing. He concocts a winsome, wisecracking hero in Jake Ashley and stations a sharp-witted backing team behind him to tackle the rising threat of bots gone crazy, and he rolls out some of the funniest dialogue he’s ever come up with. There’s a bot-load of action, of course, which keeps the story rolling at an exciting clip the whole way through. And it all rides the rails of a twisted conspiracy that throws genuine confusion to the reader about how things in this imagined robo-centric near-future have gone so askew. So it’s a robot-fighting conspiracy tale that crackles with humor and action and a spot of romance thrown in for good measure. In other words, it’s the summer blockbuster we’ve been waiting for…the one Hollywood couldn’t seem to deliver this year. Maybe they should take a hint from Junkers and get their fritz together.
I enjoyed the book. I'll get that out of the way. But it's not one to take seriously. The characters are caricatures. The action becomes forgettable after the first few scenes, and the detective work basically consists of accusing one obvious suspect after another and ruling them out after they either deny their guilt or get killed. And it's shorter than the page length would indicate. Still, it's a decent airline book, and cheapish at 99 cents.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe robot uprising, but in a good way
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2016
In Junkers, Wallace does what he does best; he delivers a smart, funny thriller that packs as many jokes as it does punches. The future in which the book takes place is brilliantly imagined--it's advanced in an approachable and believable way, which makes the story wonderfully relatable, a rare thing in the futuristic sci-fi genre. The writing is sharp and witty, and Wallace manages to skewer pretty much every blockbuster trope out there in a way that is immensely satisfying. Junkers ranks up there with Wallace's best work, and I desperately hope there are more robot adventures where this came from.
If the smartest and funniest of my drinking buddies had the premise for a ragtag team of robot hunters, this is the book that person would have wished he'd written. Wallace's penchant for setting up tropes and turning them on their ear is in great form. I already owned a copy of Season 2 when I saw this was on sale and I loved Duck and Cover so I paid my money and took my chances. Glad I did too. Now I'm looking even more forward to cracking Season 2!
Junkers launches a new premise and it's got some legs to it. I appreciate the thoughtful approach to picking apart the standard fare and it's written with economy and warmth for the subject matter. Benjamin Wallace is my kind of nerd.
OK, somewhat disappointing read. More like a YA comic book than what I had expected from the description. Only the main character has any real depth. The other characters are simply cardboard cut-outs there to fill in the story line. The overall world is not fleshed out any better. This is a real shame as much of the premise was amusing. Not interested enough to read any of the other entries in this series or by this author.
In a world where robots do just about everything, sometimes one goes rogue. Or even several. Enter the Junkers, a rag-tag team (what else?) of robot wranglers who take on the jobs too dangerous for anyone else. This first book in the series is really funny, mostly from the hilarious banter among the team. But there were some laugh-out-loud moments, like the battle scenes with renegade office machines who’s tactics are limited by their specific office tasks. Story 5, Craft 5, Humor 5
This book starts out fast, and sustains the pace all throughout. Just enough exposition and character description, then right back to the action, just the way I like it. And the right amount of sprinkling of humor here and there keeps things from getting too heavy. It's a scary threatening premise but the story is told in a very entertaining manner. Satisfying. A good solid read throughout.