- Narrated by: Melissa Williams
- Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-27-18
- Language: English
- Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing
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But Rebecca's mother Karen fears the new world of robots, and insists her brilliant daughter join a university research team, studying the hazards of a complete robotic economy. Rebecca's father Quentin was obsessed with the subject to a degree that even her mother considered absurd, prior to his untimely death. So long as she can reserve enough of her time to pursue her true passions on the side, Rebecca half-heartedly agrees to join the research team, if only to please her widowed mother. There she joins a post-doc named Liam, whose conspiracy theories rival even those of her late father.
Liam is convinced that world Republic leader William Halpert's worldwide challenge for researchers to develop synthetic creativity will lead not to the promised utopia, in which every kind of human suffering has been eradicated, but rather to an apocalypse. Rebecca, whose best friend is her own companion bot Madeline, writes Liam off as a bot-hating conspiracy theorist, just like her father was...until she learns that her father's death might not have been due to mere happenstance.
With Liam's help, Rebecca learns of an underground organization known as The Renegades, where Quentin Cordeaux was considered a legend. While Liam attempts to stop Halpert's challenge if he can, Rebecca tries to unravel the mystery of what happened to her father. Did he and many of his contemporaries die for something they knew? Who is the mysterious informant who calls himself John Doe?
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By DabOfDarkness on 08-06-18
More romance than SciFi
This book was only so-so for me. It was more romance than science fiction, with a little touch of conspiracy theory stuff thrown in. Romance isn’t my cup of tea and I was left wanting more sci-fi. The conspiracy theory stuff kept the characters running around and provided most of the interesting parts.
Rebecca was hard for me to connect with. She’s working on an upper graduate degree but often she acts like a 15 year old. Her ridiculous attraction to Andy went on too long, becoming a little mind numbing. She’s usually a big ball of emotions simply reacting to events and people around her instead of being a force that drives the plot. She’s very needy, wanting to be all things to everyone around her. Initially, I saw this as a starting point for her character and expected her to grow throughout the story, but, alas, there is very little character growth for Rebecca.
I liked Liam well enough but felt that he was a bit too trusting, as is Rebecca. After all, if they truly believe some large corporate enemy is after them or at least monitoring their websites, then why do they communicate so freely via their electronic devices? I wish Francis, with his analytical mind and skeptical nature, had come on the scene earlier. I really enjoyed him, even with his often snide (but honest) remarks.
Madeline, Rebecca’s taboo companion bot, was fun. I like the conundrum she represents. How much of her caring nature is her programming versus an AI’s personality. Can Madeline have genuine feelings? This was the best part of the book.
The female characters were mostly fluff, even Madeline. When the ladies get together, they talk about the guys and romance… and not much else. I expected more from them.
The plot was straight forward and while some reveals were built into the storyline, none of them were a surprise. I would have liked a bit more complication to plot, since that’s what I look forward to in conspiracy theory stories. I wasn’t surprised about who sent the mystery messages, nor about Francis’s suspicions, and not about the identity of the government supporter of the Liam’s Resistance friends. The story leaves us on a cliff hanger. 3/5 stars.
The Narration: Melissa Williams gave a great performance on this narration. She had the perfect voice for Rebecca and distinct voices for all characters. I especially liked the slightly robotic voice she gave to Madeline. Her male voices were believable. While I didn’t like all of Rebecca’s emotional drama, Williams performed those emotions well. 5/5 stars.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
By Declarations of a Fangirl on 08-06-18
This was the most science-y sci-fi novel I've ever
This was the most science-y sci-fi novel I've ever listened to or read. I thought I was getting a fast-paced action about robots and a government conspiracy theory...which I did. But oh the science. When it comes to science, I'm a lot like Penny from The Big Bang Theory.
There were a few parts of the book where the author just dumps a lot of scientific terminology and theories on you. I had a hard time keeping up. I got to the point where I just listened and trusted the author to explain whatever part I was listening to in simpler terms later on in the novel.
Science aside, the plot did keep my attention enough for me to finish the book. The beginning was a little slow, but about 25% in, the plot picked up. I kind of zoned out when Becca would obsess over Andy. She had this extremely wealthy, good looking, smart guy who is interested in here right in front of her face and yet she insists on mooning over a skinny college student who doesn't really show any interest in her life at all. It was frustrating.
The narrator did well too. She didn't do as many different voices to differentiate between the characters, and there were a couple (maybe 2 or 3 in a 7+ hour book) of times where I had to rewind 30 seconds to listen to the part again to figure out who was talking, but usually when that happened, I wasn't giving the book 100% of my attention. So take that as you will. The narrator didn't put me off or make me not want to listen to the book. Her voice was smooth and easy to listen to. Sometimes when listening to an audiobook, I can hear the narrator swallow or make a random mouth noise, but that wasn't the case with this narrator. She also enunciated words well and didn't rush.
I must give credit to the author. There was a part of the story that I did not see coming and it definitely made me write down book 2 on my Books to Watch Out For list. The ending was a bit abrupt and I was left with several questions. Another reason book 2 is on that list. I kind of saw the cliffhanger coming but it definitely was a good addition to the story, in my opinion. There was zero romance in this book. Yes there were obvious hints that Liam was interested in Becca, but otherwise, nada. It was kind of refreshing actually. If you enjoy movies like Eagle Eye and iRobot, then I recommend you give Uncanny Valley a go.
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By Book Addict on 08-01-18
A Frightening Glimpes into the Future!
Uncanny Valley is a Sci-Fi aimed for Young Adults, but it was eerily close to what we can see the future. I not going to repeat the blurb which is very detailed, so forgive me if I repeat any.
We have Rebecca who is researching about to replicate human feeling or senses for robots or Ai.
The senator has charged the research labs to replicate human emotions in robots. In this world where holographic communication is the norm. Rebecca starts out not believing the conspiracy theories. As more facts come to light, Rebecca begins to believe her father was killed for his views.
Rebecca is very immature in some ways, with Madeline her companion Bot as her only close friend. So in this future where most jobs have been taken by bots, only people with money can enjoy life. Most have no jobs, and not enough to eat.
So this brave new world is not as it seems. This is a very interesting future that the Renegades are trying to stop the end of the human race.
This is definitely book one of a series, as it sets the scenes for the world set in this future world. The Worlds Republic leader William Halpert’s worldwide challenge for researchers to develop synthetic creativity will lead not to the promised utopia, but to the end of the human race.
Melissa was excellent as the narrator, all the different voices were superb, especially the Madeline Bot. I wasn’t pulled out of the book once with bad accents. So for me that was a win.