31 Aug. 2021
Paperback / softback
The robot Adam Two has been locked in the basement of a lost building for over 200 years--until he emerges into a world ruined by a civil war between humans and advanced intelligence. Hunted by both sides, Adam discovers that he holds the key to the war, and the power to end it--to destroy one side and save the other. But first, Adam must decide who--and what--he really is.
InformationBook Type: Junior Chapter
Age Group: 12 to 14 years
Traffic Lights: Amber
Class Novel: No
Good Reads Rating: 4/5
Literary Rating: 4/5
Adam is a robot who describes himself as "Adam version two point zero, a prototype experimental artificial entity." He has been living in the basement of an abandoned building for over 200 years when he is discovered by two children, Runa and Linden. Adam follows them into the outside world, which has been ruined by a civil war between humans and robots.
Adam is cautiously accepted into the human's world because he is useful for fixing broken equipment, which empowers the humans' fight against the robots.
However, after he is is captured by the robots, Adam begins to see the civil war from their point of view, and realises he needs to find a way to create peace between humans and robots before they destroy each other. However, this is much more difficult than he expects as both sides believe the only way to have lasting peace is to destroy their enemies. Eventually, Adam comes up with an ultimatum that forces both the humans and robots to reluctantly cooperate, and the story ends on a note of hope for the future.
This is an interesting story that realistically illustrates the tensions between cultures and why solutions are difficult.
While Adam is the hero of the story, Linden plays a major role and experiences the most character growth. Linden is non-binary, and uses ze/hir pronouns. The book contains little description of Runa and Linden, leaving much to the reader's imagination and personal interpretation. The technological gadgetry and conflict will appeal. Thematically, the story has much to offer in terms of the need for empathy and tolerance in overcoming conflicts between groups.
technology, civil war, conflict, artificial intelligence, robots, resolution, empathy, understanding others, bias and prejudice, diversity
1. There are no descriptions of violence involved in the depiction of the civil war, but large cities have been destroyed and resources are scarce.
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