Book Reviews: The One Who Turned Them On (The Energy Scavengers)

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As usual I didn’t pay anything for this book but instead received it for free because somebody wanted me to have it for the purposes of review. In this case the author emailed to let me know it was free on Amazon for the next two days.

The story summary is fairly easy; a planet full of sentient robots are abandoned by their creators and set up a civilization of their own. It’s a mix of Wall-E plus any Apocalypse movie ever. It’s written from the dual perspectives of a tunnel-bot and a near-omniscient weather-computer.

To the positive side of things the author has cobbled together a milieu with real potential. His characters, heartless though they may be, are rather sympathetic and when the story reaches its climax I was pretty riveted. There’s great potential for a series here in which we explore this world in more detail.

Sadly though, as always, there’s a negative side to all my reviews. At times the author’s use of language is cloying and childish and I thought during the first few pages that English might not be his primary language. Further, the introductory sections of the story seem rather disconnected while the story really finds its feet.

In summary, the novella absolutely reeks with potential but just needs a bit of tweaking from the title (which is a real turn off, ironically) to the language. For 99 cents it’s a worthwhile buy but just can’t quite reach my usual editorial standard for 5-stars.

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