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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Metal Chest

A devastating war between man and machine has left the world in ruins. Silas, a timid household robot, is left to roam the streets alone. Lacking in courage and confidence, Silas struggles to survive on his own as he searches for a new home. When he encounters Deacon, a human scavenger, he recruits the stranger to escort him to Limbys Technologies, the global giant responsible for creating Silas and other robots. Along their journey, the two develop a close friendship that defies their physical differences. Is this unlikely bond enough to keep them alive in a world full of violence?

Metal Chest (SF Apocalypse) 
By Chris Yee
To The Moon Publishing
ISBN # 978-1949218909
Price $12.99 (Paperback)
Price $2.99 (Kindle)
332 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Robots With Character”

After robots rebel against their human creators, leaving the world in apocalyptic stage, a house-bot and human form a strange partnership. Salis belonged to a human family that it cared for before the world went crazy, now he (it?) seeks only to survive. But Salis needs oil and new batteries to continue his life as a robot, and he’s having trouble these until he meets Deacon, a human scrounger also wanting to survive. They run into trouble after trouble, either from the human element led by a cowboy, or warrior-bots wanting to rid the world of humans. Everyone is heading for New Valley and Limbys Technologies, where robots were created. But there also is Riley, the leader of the rebel robots. What will happen when they all converge?

This was a fascinating story, character driven with a simple plot. It’s a “planet of the apes” against mankind story, but in this case, robots that can think and act on their own. And the reader cares for the characters. It would actually make a wonderful movie, as Salis and Deacon make their way to New Valley, and become close buddies on the journey. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson


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