Book Reviews

Book Review: Uncanny Valley by C.A. Gray

Welcome back for another Friday book review! C.A. Gray offers the first book in her Uncanny Valley series for free on Kindle, so I was super excited to pick it up. Though I love The Hunger Games trilogy, I have been semi-disappointed with other modern dystopias in the past. This was not the case with Uncanny Valley.

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Highlights:

Unique Premise

Instead of grouping people into several different categories or factions such as become the norm for modern dystopia, Gray tackles a realistic threat to the fate of mankind: the manufacturing of robots with creative intelligence. The problem, as addressed in the book, is that robots do not have a code of morality and cannot have empathy as they are programmed solely to fulfill their core purpose for society. As scientists further look into both robotic advancement and the possibilities of cloning humans, I feel this book serves as a timely warning of what we need to beware.

Plot Twists

Although there were a couple plot twists that I saw coming, there were others that completely took me by surprise and left me wanting to read more. The ending also ends in a cliffhanger, so I can’t wait to see what is to come in book two.

Scientific Research

The author did a phenomenal job researching the science behind the robots in this story, and it comes off as interesting and easy to follow along for such a complex topic. The author definitely knows the subject matter and it shows in her writing.

Liam, Francis, and Madeline

My favorite characters, who are also the most vivid, are Liam (Becca’s friend/boss), Francis (a no-nonsense colleague of Liam’s), and Madeline, Becca’s companion bot. Each of these characters have great personalities that made me eagerly await their return.

Lowlights:

Slow Moving Plot

Although we have a good deal of talk involving conspiracy theories, the pacing felt as if it was dragging on a bit during moments highlighting Becca’s internal conflict, such as when she debates whether or not her crush, Andy, is interested in her.

Becca and Secondary Characters

Though I liked a few of the characters as mentioned above, the majority felt a bit flat to me. Becca is an okay protagonist, but she seemed overly naive at times about some of the dangers she faced. I feel that her characterization will improve in the series though.

Overall, I’m excited to continue this series and can’t wait to start the other dystopian series by C.A. Gray! Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.


C.A. Gray also offers a couple more series starters for permafree on Kindle, including The Liberty Box (The Liberty Box #1) and Intangible (Piercing the Veil Book #1). When I get a chance in the future, I’ll be reviewing those as well! 🙂

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

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Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap, Book 2.5: Ruptured Reality by Jes Drew

Happy Saturday, Arrowheads! I’ve got a special surprise for y’all today. My author friend, Jes Drew, is celebrating the release of a new book soon, and today she’s revealing the cover! Without further ado, let’s take a look at the synopsis for Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap Book 2.5: Ruptured Reality (and other stories), and then I’ll reveal the breathtaking cover!

Synopsis:
Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap, Book 2.5: Ruptured Reality

Warning: This Synopsis Contains Spoilers! Read at Your Own Risk if You Haven’t Read Books 1 and 2!

I’d tell you I love you… But then you’d make me change the baby’s diaper.

Kristian Clark can go undercover for months on end, combat multiple enemies at once, and even teleport through dimensions. He should be ready for everything. But having a newborn child… is a little outside his skill set.

And the universe isn’t ready for little Shannon either. The tentative layers of the universe begins to peel apart and his adopted son gets pulled through a portal in the hospital.

Along with an angry wife and reunited best friend, Kristian travels the dimensions to find his son and somehow find a way to save reality without giving up his little girl.

Also includes seven other stories and illustrations.

All profit goes to charity.


 

Now, drumroll please!

 

In 5…

 

4…

 

3…

 

2…

 

1…

 

TA DA!!!

 

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Isn’t the cover gorgeous?! Gah, I’m so happy for you, Jes! Her cover was created by the talented Victoria Cooper over at Victoria Cooper Art. I’ve browsed through some of her other covers, and they are amazing!

After reading the first two Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap books over the past month, I’m excited to see what else Kristian has up his sleeve! Reviews for the first two books will be coming to Authoring Arrowheads soon.

Want to know the coolest part about this release? All profits for Ruptured Reality are going to charity! For further information on the charity, Alternaterm, click here!


Interested in checking out this series? Books 1 and 2 can be found on Amazon at the links below:

If you’re looking for Goodreads reviews of the books, you can find those here:


That’s all for today, Arrowheads! Be sure to check back on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday next week for regularly scheduled posts.

Later Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀