Unbound by Lance Elrick
**We received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. We’d like to thank Lance and Rebel Base Books for this opportunity. This book comes out on Dec 25th and you can get it here.**
What I drank prior:
Wine, plenty of wine… and what a good way to spend a night.
First off, I received this book from netgalley for free and this is an honest review, etc. This book follows Sinthia an android intelligence who has escaped capture for six months but is now dealing with teh threat of six additional AI’s being let loose in the world. Also it was a sequel. Which I did not know when I requested it… and probably should have been a little more obvious that it actually was. That beign said, it was easy enough to have read this without the earlier book.
So this was… a book. I’m gonna be honest, this book needed more description, I’ll get into it more later. This book was fine but honestly I didn’t end up having a single strong reaction about it except, I’m ready for this to be over. For a sci-fi book there didn’t end up feeling like a lot of science, and while there were some characters who felt interesting I didn’t feel like they got enough screen time.
Characters: I’m going to be honest, Sinthia as a main character was kind of boring. There was something about the way that she was written that just really wasn’t compelling. to be fair, all of the androids may have been written to make them seem like they were one step removed from human, but I felt the way they talked was a little too simplistic for an advanced android. The best characters were some of the ‘smaller’ law enforcement groups. Marcy Malloy was a lot of fun to read but she was unfortuantely limited to only a few pages.
Plot: The plot didn’t really go to far. she ‘accidentally’ ditched her boyfriend who was clearly going to be dead weight and then kind of just chilled in the sububurbs making loops around. I’m gonna be honest, the moments where she was conducting surveillance on all the groups following her was way more interesting than any of her own actual actiosn,
Writing Style: I know this is going to come off as harsh but this book felt like the absence of style. There was not artistry to the writing. I often complain about books being too flowery (I can rattle off probably a dozen that people love that I gave up on after fifty page of writing about how beautiful the green pastures were as the … I don’t care) but this book went to the opposite extreme. Most of the book felt like dialogue and honestly the dialogue felt like it was coming from grade school children when looking at the simplicity of the sentances and the information being conveyed. I migth not like it when most of the book is spent on descriptions but it’s hard to imagine a scene when pages upon pages are limited to dialogue…
What to pair it with: A rum Moscow Mule. This is a book that is trying to do something new and interesting but ends up similar to someone else’s idea and doesn’t actual improve on it. Is a Moscow Mule made with Rum bad? No, but I’d rather have the normal moscow mule.
Rating: 2/5 Stars
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: This one might not have been my favorite. If you read the first one and I’m wrong about the second, let me know.