Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

February 4, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 6

revolutionTitle: Revolution 19 [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Gregg Rosenblum
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: ARC
Pages: 265
Release Date: January 8, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A very exciting and thrilling tale filled with crazy robots and endearing characters.

About the Book: Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.

Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.

Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed.(

Revolution 19 kind of blew me away. Not to say it was epic or anything like that, but I really loved it. When I read a story line like this, I need a lot of action, a gripping set of characters, and the right amount of detail to pull the story along – and Revolution 19 had exactly that and more. The story was fast-paced, intriguing, and riveting. I loved the characters, the three siblings and the other few teens they meet along the way are definitely fun and it was cool getting inside each of their heads (the main characters, that is).

If you know me and my reading preferences, you’ll know I easily get bored when there’s just too much detail in a book. I’m all for vivid imagery, but sometimes, it’s just too much. Thankfully, Revolution 19 had the right amount where I could easily visual the story unfold in front of me, yet didn’t get bogged down by all the frivolous details. It’s a very short read, coming in at less than 300 pages, and I think it was that and the fact that there was a great deal of action-packed scenes that had me breezing through the book. I easily finished this in one night and was thoroughly entertained the entire time. The book captures you right from the start with the robots hunting down the humans and then you slowly start to see how life is after that, as told through the eyes of these three siblings – Nick, Cass, and Kevin. I really enjoyed how the plot progressed, and every so often there would be an action scene to get me all excited, which I loved. I was always eager to know what would happen next.

An array of personalities makes up this cast of characters as you see Nick, the eldest of the three and my favorite. He’s definitely the one I felt for the most, having to care of his siblings and basically be their leader while they searched for their loved ones. He’s not much of a planner, but he’s very logical and I easily related to him and felt for this character. Cass is the sister and is surprisingly an athlete. Things like sports and anything physical comes naturally to her and you’ll see plenty of ways she’ll one-up her siblings. She can easily stand out on her own and her skills play an integral part in the story. Kevin is the tech kid of the bunch. While not my favorite, he is the youngest and I know how they tend to think they can handle anything and they just wanted to be treated with respect instead of condescension, which comes up a lot with this character. He does have his good points. You’ll also meet some other characters along the way with a few surprises, too.

I’m kind of hoping there will be another book following this one because there are definitely aspects that could be elaborated on and things are left pretty wide open in the end. Overall, I felt like this was a “bare bones” kind of book that sets up the scene of a world ruled by robots, where humans live in fear and hope to uprise one day. There wasn’t a ton of the “meat” part where you get into the gritty details of how and why it came about, although it is explained. I’m sure a lot of readers would want more, and I’m guessing the author knows that and hopes for it, too.

Revolution 19 is a heart-stopping, action-packed thriller that will capture you from the very first page and leave you wanting so much more by the end. The characters make you feel, the robots make you angry, and the action gets you pumped. I loved every minute of it and if there will be more, I’ll most definitely want to read it.

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6 Responses to “Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum”

    • Vivian

      I really liked it. Some say it wasn’t well developed or whatever, but I thought it was good enough. I def don’t like it when there’s too much detail and fluff and I thought it was pretty good for a first book. Yes, I’d like more insight in the world-building, but I think the story flowed very nicely.

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