Review: Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I’m ashamed to say that Humans, Bow Down is the first James Patterson novel I’ve ever read. But this was a good pick, I must tell you that. Patterson teams up with Emily Raymond to create a post-apocalyptic world in which humans are inferior to a robot society. Robots, they’re fun, and don’t we all have it in the back of our minds that the technology we control might one day control us? Well, here is that scenario explored by two talented authors and trust me, once the ride begins, you won’t want it to end. 

Sometimes you just have to go ahead and do something stupid. Like Six and Dubs who paid a visit to the City and thought it clever to snatch a Corvette. Now, one of two things can happen to them before the night is over. One, they die. Two, they go to prison for the rest of their lives. See, the people in charge, they’re not human. They’re robots! Three days – that’s all it took for man’s greatest creation to wipe everybody out. Well, almost everybody. Six is in possession of a computer that can give the humans quite an advantage. She doesn’t know it, but the commander of a robotic police force does. 

It’s first person with Six and third person with an Elite Hu-Bot named MikkyBo and everybody else. Following MikkyBo gave me a broader glimpse of the robotic society that the authors created. It’s also through her that I got to meet MosesKhan, the commander who would like nothing more than to see every last piece of human “pestilence” eradicated. Come on now, MK, we self-destructive meatbags be not bugs you know. But that’s MikkyBo’s problem in a nutshell. She has what is called in this book glitches which doesn’t make her well liked by MosesKhan and that is no good thing for her. 

What makes this novel such a rush to read is Six, a take no nonsense protagonist if there ever was one. Her personality makes her a perfect lead for the novel in so many ways that it just wouldn’t have been the same without her. One does connect with several other characters besides Six. Six and Dubs has a friendship that is obviously strong and I wondered if something along the romantic lines were ever going to happen between these two, but it does not. Something else happens and it allows for a strong friendship to brew between Six and MikkyBo. 

There’s no reason to think that the plot is anything else than masterfully constructed. Sometimes the authors didn’t focus too much on their settings. I recall specifically the mention of a city skyline that isn’t elaborated on at all, but it’s forgivable because I had plenty fun reading it. I would advise you not to look forward to a truly unique reason as to why we the dumb humans might’ve thought it wise to create robots that could think for themselves, but one thing this story has going for it is that it’s addictive – you do NOT want to stop reading it. 

Free paperback received from Penguin Random House SA.

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Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Date Published: April 6, 2017
Genre: Dystopian
Pages: 394
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