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Walk. Scavenge. Destroy. Trade. A simple cycle that's suited Ronin for 185 years. With no clear grasp of his programming, the barren wasteland known as The Dust offers him purpose, a place where his armored undercasing, amped-up processors, and advanced optics can be put to use. The ramshackle towns on the edges of the waste serve merely as resupply stations between increasingly long treks. But one night - one human woman - makes him question everything.

Lara Brooks struggles to survive under the strict rules imposed by the bots in Cheyenne. With her sister missing, she's been on her own for weeks and fears the worst. Her only hope comes from Ronin, a bot she catches spying on her. He promises to provide for Lara and search for her sister. All she has to do is dance. It should be easy; she's done it before. But the longer she spends with Ronin, the harder it is to see him as just another bot.

In a city where humans are relegated to live in squalor, Ronin discovers a threat greater than any in the Dust - Warlord, Cheyenne's tyrannical leader. When Ronin ignores the rules, he unwittingly puts Lara in danger. Warlord is as intolerant of disrespect as he is of mankind.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Tiffany Freund and Robert Freund Jr. (P)2018 Tantor

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keeps you enthralled..

This story held me from the first chapter. by the end I was near tears. it's not often you read a book that makes you feel the characters and you feel for them like real people. This is a tear jerker so be prepared! Well worth the read tho!

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AI dystopian romance with HEA

Humans made bots who eventually took over after a major war. Now the world is a dystopia. Lara Brooks is struggling to live in a bot controlled territory (called Cheyenne) by a heartless ruler Dust/Warlord. Ronin, a bot with human characteristics, finds and takes in Lara. This is their story; Ronin and Lara's (mature themes). It ends with a HEA and a few tears.

The narrator's are not my favorite, but I still made it through without hating them.

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A thousand stars

A truly unique, moving and inspiring story with romance, suspense, action and more. Wish I could give more than 5 stars.

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Beautiful story

exciting and beautiful. Love this book. Takes a few to get used to voices. you then lose yourself in story.

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Favorite

I have read this book several times and loved listening to its audible. The narrators did an excellent job bringing this beautiful story to life.
Highly recommend ✨

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enjoyed<br />

I actually enjoyed this book more than I expected. It has some definite unique qualities.

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  • Leslie
  • Sausalito, CA, United States
  • 08-26-18

Can’t finish it

When I read the reviews for this, I thought I’d finally found the unicorn or fantasy romance novels - something well-written and not just a formula romance. It starts out intriguing set in a dystopian world. There were some interesting ideas, but also some glaring things that made no sense. After awhile, it seemed like the world building is more stage dressing for the romance than a real attempt at world building. A couple of hours into the the story it starts slipping into the typical romance formula of spunky heroine who is rescued by a man. I thought Laura was a petulant brat which wouldn’t make much sense given the world and her story. Ronin is more intriguing and set in a decently written story could be an interesting character. I was mildly curious to see what would happen in this world so I kept listening, but with 7.5 hours to go I just can’t bear anymore of this drivel. I won’t be buying anything else by this husband / wife writing team.

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