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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Bobby Robot Book Blast and Excerpt

Here's a sci-fi title for the young adult in your life. Explore the book info, then read the excerpt to get a sample of what is to come. Enjoy.


Young Adult Science Fiction
Release Date: 3-20-20
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Sixteen-year-old Bobby is the only human on a robot-inhabited planet. Aided by LINC, his cybernetic haywire task assistant, he must prove to the bots that the human race is worth restarting by passing his Programming, the training he receives to think and act in perfect precision—and without emotion. Failure will force him to upload his mind into the Tether, a robotic host, stripping him of his humanity and terminating his species’ last chance for survival. As he repeatedly falls short of the bots’ rigorous standards, he begins to question if the human race is even worth reviving. But when a beautiful girl named Jen crash-lands on his planet, she makes him question everything the bots have told him, including what it means to be human.

Excerpt

“Welcome to the heart of Sylvan Woods,” Luci said. “Trickery School.”
Casey looked up. His whole body stiffened. This can’t be real.
“Let’s talk strategy,” Luci said. “Don’t speak, but don’t act all secret and mysterious either. Keep your heads down, but act like you belong. Relax, but don’t slap your flip-flops on the trail, it looks unnatural…”
She faded to background noise. Casey’s eyes pinned themselves to the sides of his face.
Trees enfolded the campus like leafy guardians. One building scraped the sky like a gothic church, high enough to hold clouds. Another hung in a web of cables, hive-shaped and mysterious. Sun shone right through a tower made of amber. Stairways and ladders arced the upper air, linking elevated halls and platforms.
Casey’s hands fell to his sides. His heart pounded—yes, yes, yes—like a cheering crowd, far away. He pictured people scratching plans on scrolls and building them by hand, with total disregard for gravity and heights. It was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen.
Luci cleared her throat. “Um, this is probably a lot to take in. We can’t just hang out, though. I’m supposed to be in my first class, Survival Sewing, and you have no documentation, so if anyone stops us, we’re toast.”


About the Author

Michael Hilton is a time traveler from the future who’s come back to warn us of the impending literary apocalypse. An avid reader of Young Adult science fiction and fantasy, he writes to stave off the coming wasteland of soulless fiction. One day his Wikipedia page will describe his warnings as “mildly prophetic” and “wildly exaggerated.” He lives in Irving, Texas, working as a chiropractor by day, a vigilante by night, and a writer all of the time.
Michael Hilton is a nerd. Like, a big one. Using a right brain filled with stories of adventure, mystery, and romance and a left brain stocked with experience in the fields of biology, neurology, and engineering, he writes science fiction and fantasy worlds worth geeking out over. When he’s imagining battles in a far-off galaxy, he’s usually treating patients as a chiropractor, working out, writing music, or watching too much TV. He currently lives on Earth but is thinking about moving soon.

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