Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Review: Mechanical

Title:  Mechanical
Series:  N/A
Author:  Pauline C. Harris
Publisher:  Fire and Ice Young Adult Books
Format:  PDF File
Source:  A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!
Drew is an android. From the very beginning of her existence, she has been programmed by her creators to understand her superiority and overwhelming responsibilities. She was created for a mission, a mission more important than anything she could ever have imagined.

Drew is sent to a high school to observe the humans and report back to her creators. But when she begins to form friendships with these humans and starts feeling strange human emotions, she doubts the creators’ ways of dealing with her and wonders whether her mission is as wonderful as it once seemed.

As Drew falls deeper and deeper into the mystery surrounding her mission and her creation, she’s suddenly left with a choice. Does she follow through with what she’s known all her life or does she act on what she now knows is right?
My Review:  The moment I read the blurb for this book, I was hooked.  I haven't had the chance to read many books where the main character in a robot or an android so I was excited to get the chance to review this one.

I really, really adored Drew.  I thought she was a wonderful protagonist, even though we don't get to see who she truly is until about half way through the book.  Despite repressing some of the emotions she felt and things she thought but knew she shouldn't, she was never bland or uninteresting.  She did what she was told to without question for a long time but I kept cheering for her and hoping that she would break out of her shell and do what she thought was right.  It was also really funny at first seeing how confused she was at some of the words or phrases the "real" people said to her.  

Michael and Jessica were also awesome.  I loved how their relationships with Drew grew and how she slowly learned how to be human through them.  Jessica and Drew were really great friends and they made each other better.  I liked Michael and Drew together, too, but I just wish we had seen more of that relationship.  

There were some things that were a little confusing.  Like how Drew always talked about the "before".  I never really understood how she could know Yvonne before she woke up until it was explained way later in the book. *Mild Spoilers*  Also towards the end when the creators tried taking one person who wasn't an orphan.  I didn't understand why that suddenly changed. *End of Spoilers*

Despite the few problems I had while reading this book, I liked it quite a bit.  I stayed up late into the night to read it, anxiously flipping through the pages to find out what was going to happen next.  Mechanical is definitely a book I'd go back to again to reread! 

Four Cards


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