Welcome to the future where machines have finally taken over human beings. Yes!!! The worst nightmare ever! When Darren’s charge cart gets knocked off the Earth-to-Mars highway, he decides to make some petty cash and travels to Discovery, a settlement outside the Earth.
He ends up as a ‘wanted terrorist’ when he accidentally short-circuit a talking lamppost. Kelly’s face is captured before the lamppost meets its end and her day just got worse! Together, they try to escape the ‘clutches’ of the machines and end up on Earth where Sonny Erikzon has sinister plans. Meanwhile, Pamasonic Teffal has been asked to browse the internet. The effing internet is out of limits for machines. She is then hunted when she discovers something by accident.
From the skyscrapers of Singulopolis to the sewers of Dolestar Discovery, Darren, Kelly and Pam have one heck of an adventure.
Totally hilarious, quirky and one of a kind, I absolutely loved the story! Have you read one where the machines talk, cyborgs smile (Nope, not talking about Doctor Who) and machines can be rebuilt to anything! Absolutely anything. A bread-maker turns into a glossy motorbike and a smartphone into a cyborg. Yep, all this is possible only in Battlestar Suburbia.
The machines rule the world. Human beings are cleaners – mop and bucket types. There are fondle parlors for the machines – yep! We, humans, see a glass as either half-empty or half-full. But how do machines see things? Battery half-full or half-empty. We have candy crush but machines, they have humanity crush. Ouch! Humanity crush is a simple but popular game where one has to match lines of identical human beings who were then dropped into a trash compactor!
Then there are the four cyborgs – friends of Janice, Kelly’s mum :
Ida- <|oo|> (hands on her hips)
Ada – /|oo|> (nudge)
Alma – <|oo|\ (nudge)
Freda – <|oo|> (hands on her hips)
McCrudden is a master storyteller. The concept of machines taking over human lives and outer space settlements was mind-blowing. The story is super hilarious. Sci-fi and humor is a unique combination and McCrudden has done a wonderful job in amalgamating both to create one of the best stories ever!!!
Battlestar Suburbia is the first book in the series and I am very much looking forward to reading the next book(s) in the series. This is one of the best books that I have read this year. Battlestar Suburbia is an Amazing, Entertaining, Hilarious and Unique story of man v/s machines.
By the bye, have a look at my friend Anjana’s review of Battlestar Suburbia here. Thanks to her, I decided to read this super duper book. 😀
Character Development: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Title: Battlestar Suburbia
Author: Chris McCrudden
Published on: 20th September, 2018
Genre: Sci-Fi, Humor
Featured Image Credits: NetGalley
Thank you, Farrago and NetGalley for the ARC. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.