Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Review: A Robot in the Garden by Deborah
Summary from Goodreads:
Funny, touching, charming, wise and a bit magical, this is a novel that explores what it is to be a man, a sentient being and even a parent. A Robot in the Garden is a gem of a first novel, perfect for anyone who has ever found it difficult to connect with the world.
What would you do if you found a robot in your back garden? For 34-year-old Ben Chambers the answer is obvious: find out where it came from and return it home, even if it means losing his wife in the process. Determined to achieve something for once in his life, Ben embarks on a journey that takes him and the endearing robot, Tang, to the far side of the globe...and back again. Along the way Ben begins to change, subtly at first, and then in ways that only become clear on his return to the house he's always lived in.
I picked this gem up from the library based on the cover alone, and the fact that it has a Wall-e vibe.
For such a short novel, just about 300, it had a lot happen but it did drag a bit in the middle section and picked up near the end.
The world building could have been expanding, and the novel longer, I wanted to explore this future where having androids is common place.
The best part of the novel was Tang, the tantrum throwing robot that the main character goes on a road trip with.
I would love to read more from this author and possibly more about these cute (Tang!) characters.
It was refreshing to read a fun and light novel with a happy ending, it was a nice break from some of my depressing reads this summer.
I recommend checking this out for a funny and heartwarming read.
4 Stars Out of 5