Review – Robot Overlords by Mark Stay

Posted: May 1, 2015 in Sci-Fi
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A novelisation of the film by the same name, Robot Overlords is a fun, YA sci-fi read. The premise is simple, the plot is straightforward but the execution is exemplary making for an interesting and engaging story.

After a gigantic force of alien robots conquers Earth in a matter of days, humanity is confined to the indoors as the invaders go about learning everything humans have to offer. As the years roll by, one boy, Sean Flynn, never a gives up hope that his RAF pilot father is still alive and leading the resistance. Once Sean and his friends stumble upon a way to evade the robots and all their surveillance, the gang embark on a journey that leads them into an epic battle against the enemy.

The story is brilliantly paced and the cast never feels forced. Funny teenage expletives abound but the tension remains in place as the gang attempt to locate Sean’s father and find freedom. In a way it capitalises on the internet comment ‘I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords’ and it does so brilliantly. The human antagonist is creepy and self-indulged, the robots are bent on total domination whilst Sean, his friends and family offer all the hope and strength that makes humanity such a force to be reckoned with.

In short, Robot Overlords was an entertaining, well produced read.

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Published by Gollancz


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