I Spy Book Trends: Sci-Fi Robots

There is nothing more exciting (or possibly horrible) then coming across multiple books that all have a similar storyline or element. I Spy Book Trends is a random feature I will be doing when I spot a few "trends" in YA fiction. Today's feature is sci-fi robots/altercations. Honestly, I absolutely love this trend! I, Robot happens to be one of my most favourite movies and let's not get started on how action packed the Terminator movies are. Despite that they often lead to being chased by the government or changing the world, I cannot help but love these storylines. The potential for all that action? Amazing. Plus, the whole "robots can feel" makes for an interesting romance storyline ;)

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Expected publication: January 8th 2013 by Harper Teen

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

Nick, Kevin, and Cass have spent their whole lives in a community in the wilderness, hiding out from the robots that have enslaved mankind. But when the bots discover their location, they barely make it out alive — only to discover that their home has been destroyed and everyone killed or captured. Now, the siblings must risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world.

MILA 2.0 (Untitled, #1)

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Expected publication: March 12th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

Pitched as a "Bourne Identity"-type sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl who discovers that she is a Mobile Intel Life-like Android, an experiment in artificial intelligence created by the U.S. government, and her scientist mother, who kidnapped her when she was found to have human emotions.

Beta (Beta, #1)

Beta by Rachel Cohn
Expected publication: October 16th 2012 by Disney Hyperion

In a world constructed to absolute perfection, imperfection is difficult to understand—and impossible to hide.

Elysia is a clone, created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen year old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of teenaged clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to be created.

Cybernetic by Laura Riken
Expected publication: 2012 by Disney-Hyperion

(cover to be released)

Cybernetic is the first in a young adult dystopian series about a 16-year-old girl who lives in a walled city surrounded by bloodthirsty beasts, also threatened by rival armies of cybernetic soldiers who want to enslave humanity.

Altered Altered by Jennifer Rush
Published January 2nd 2013 by Little, Brown

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Excepted Publication: March 5th 2013 by Little, Brown

My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy.When We Wake

Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027 - she's happiest when playing the guitar, she's falling in love for the first time, and she's joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.

But on what should have been the best day of Tegan's life, she dies - and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.

Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity - even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn't all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?

Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.

So, tell me. What do you think of the robot/altercation trend? I am honestly itching to get my hands on all these little evil robot novels and devour them!


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