After reading the description of Revolution 19, I started wondering if I’d ever read a book about robots. If I don’t count cyborgs, then I’d have to say no.
Gregg Rosenblum’s new sci-fi fantasy thriller sounds like something I could really sink into. See what Gregg has to say about his book, dystopias and raging robots!
Revolution 19 Blog Tour
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.”
Q&A With Gregg Rosenblum
How do you think dystopias and post-apocalyptic novels have remained popular in YA fiction for so long?
GR: A good dystopian/post-apocalypic novel is going to reflect the current world in some way…it holds a mirror to our world today and says “if we keep going this way, we could end up HERE…” So in that sense, the genre is always current, always topical. And I think it works well for YA because it validates the sense that many young adults have that the adults in charge are screwing things up pretty badly. And most importantly, these books, even though they can be pretty dark, are FUN. They’re full of vivid, imaginative settings that are just crying out for lots of action.
What can readers expect from the robots in Revolution 19? Are they similar to the robots in I, Robot, or something different entirely?
GR: In a sense, yes, there’s a similarity, in that my bots believe that the horrors they’ve inflicted upon mankind are actually for humanity’s greater good. (Of course many of the humans in the book would disagree). Physically, many of the bots in Revolution 19 are coming from military design, so they’re efficient and powerful and brutal fighters. The Peteys are the primary ground troops…they’re humanoid, but BIG and STRONG and perhaps the most “Terminatorish” of the bunch. Then there are also small sphere bots, which are mostly scouts…but my favorites are the Lecturers. They run the Reeducation centers, where captured humans are taken to be broken down and assimilated into the City culture. They’re quite good at torture and brainwashing.
Do you read a lot of science fiction? If so, what science fiction books influenced you the most?
GR: Certainly. I devoured sci fi and fantasy as a kid, and I continue to read the genres, although not at quite the same breakneck pace. For sci fi, some influential books that come to mind (in no particular order) are Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot and Foundation Series, Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series, Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, Julian May’s Pliocene Exile Series, Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five, Philip K. Dick’s The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and A Scanner Darkly…I could go on and on…
What can readers look forward to in your next books?
GR: Revolution 19 is book 1 of a planned trilogy, so there’ll be two more books following the struggles of Nick, Kevin, and Cass vs. the bots…I plan to put ‘em through hell (in a fair way) and see what they, and their world, are like when they (hopefully) come out the other side. I’m also hoping, along the way, to find out more about the motivations of the bots…delve deeper into why they revolted, what they want, and the question of whether artificial intelligence can be “alive.”
Thanks Gregg for stopping by and talking about your exciting new dystopia, Revolution 19!