Welcome to my tour stop for the “A Robot In The Garden” debut novel by Deborah Install. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway here.
Enjoy the review!!
I would like to thank the good peeps at Transworld Books” for providing me with a copy of this fabulous novel and Deborah Install for writing it!
The first thing I would like to say about this book is that, it is very difficult to categorize it, which when you think of it is great. Why? This novel is so unique, that it is in a category of its own.
The second thing I would like to say about this book is that there is a lot of truth in the little phrase “Simple is Best”, and those 3 words perfectly describe what this book is all about.
And because “Jamais deux sans trois” (=Things come in threes)
The third thing I would like to say about this book is that, sometimes it is not just about the story, but rather how the story is told, and Deborah Install is definitely a very skilled story teller.
You will undoubtedly fall in love with Tang, this little robot with the heart of a child, who literally gatecrashes Ben Chambers’s life at a time when although he did not know it, he needed. Ben leads a pretty comfortable life unfortunately resulting from the loss of his parents, a loss he still has not gotten over and probably never will. This grief which is then mixed with a failed career and a failed marriage becomes the catalyst of an adventure that our two now inseparable friends embark on. It is now Ben and Tang against the world…or I should rather say against “Time”.
I found this novel deeply moving, looking as an outsider into the life of another being on a very human journey. Seeing the budding relationship developing between two characters that are so different but yet so alike will definitely resonate with you.
On a more serious note however, this novel raises that one question (amongst other things…) about a future we will probably face sooner than we think. The question about, what we as human beings are capable of doing with our ever growing thirst for use of technology. Will we be able to give it the respect that it is due and know when to not cross that line?
I guess, we will have to wait and see.