The Automation by G.B. Gabbler
Novel Rating 1/5 ⭐️
Novel Status: DNF
The capital-A Automatons of Greco-Roman myth aren’t clockwork. Their design is much more divine. They’re more intricate than robots or androids or anything else mortal humans could invent. Their wind-up keys are their human Masters. They aren’t mindless; they have infinite storage space. And, because they have more than one form, they’re more versatile and portable than, say, your cell phone—and much more useful too. The only thing these god-forged beings share in common with those lowercase-A automatons is their pre-programmed existence. They have a function—a function their creator put into place—a function that was questionable from the start…
Odys (no, not short for Odysseus, thank you) finds his hermetic lifestyle falling apart after a stranger commits suicide to free his soul-attached Automaton slave. The humanoid Automaton uses Odys’s soul to “reactivate” herself. Odys must learn to accept that the female Automaton is an extension of his body—that they are the same person—and that her creator-god is forging a new purpose for all with Automatons…
*This novel was given to me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are indeed my own.*
I want to start off by saying that the premise of The Automation did intrigue me when it was brought to my attention by SOB Publishing, they were looking for a review to get more attention to the upcoming release of the second book in the series. I wanted to challenge my reading comfort zone but the synopsis didn’t hold its own inside. I found it strange that the writer talks to you directly in the footnotes after the narrator has spoken, I decided that maybe it was me and I wasn’t being more open to the reading experience, so I put it down for a couple days but I had a dreading feeling of picking it back up again. With that feeling sinking in, I decided to not finish the read, I really just couldn’t get past the first 20 pages.
I can’t really go off much more due to not reading the full thing, but from what I gather from other reviews is that it has the potential to be a good book yet there are certain characteristics the novel holds that doesn’t go over well with some readers or the plots get lost in a web of too many twists.
*Small spoiler, also minor sensitivity, do not continue reading or do on your own terms.*
I have gathered through other reviews that the main character Odys is having a sexual relationship with his sister Odissa and personally that doesn’t bother me because if you watch Game of Thrones then that isn’t something particularly new to you. But, I do know sometimes that can be a tiebreaker for some readers so just a fair warning.
Thank you to SOB Publishing for sending me yet another book to review, it’s always a pleasure!
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