Bobby Robot

As the only human on a robot-inhabited planet, it's up to Bobby to prove to the robots that his race is worth restarting. To do this, he must be as perfect as a robot. There's no room for human flaws, no room for human feelings. Just logic.

Feelings don't factor.

― Michael Hilton, Bobby Robot

But when a girl crash lands on his planet, it seems Bobby has a lot of feelings, and LINC, his Living Inter-Neural Communicator, chooses the most inappropriate times to point them out.

“Bobs, I'm detecting a spike in your heart rate. You alright?”

― Michael Hilton, Bobby Robot

Jen is impulsive, flawed, and chaotic. She's everything the bots taught him is bad about humans. But she's also beautiful, intelligent, and a mystery.

“Well, I didn't have much time to look into it, but based on my observations, the female gender is straightforward, probably uncomplicated, and easy to understand. I don't think you'll have a problem figuring her out.”

― Michael Hilton, Bobby Robot

Jen and the rest of her crew have Bobby second-guessing everything the bots have taught him about humans.

“Bobby, things aren't binary out here. I mean, yes, there are some really good people and some really bad ones. But most are in between.”

― Michael Hilton, Bobby Robot

I can't say enough good things about this book.

Along with keeping me up all night laughing, Bobby Robot reminded me that mistakes are okay to make and feelings do factor. Bobby is the perfect hero to tackle the idea of perfectionism. His innocence and wide-eyed curiosity pose questions we forget to ask as people raised among other humans, but they're such important questions. His haywire task assistant, LINC, is the most quotable character I've read, and his comedic ignorance helps Bobby make sense of all the new data and feelings he's exposed to. Barnes is the ultimate mentor, using metaphors and real-truths to help Bobby understand the subtleties of morals, good vs. evil, and thinking with his heart. And then there's Jen. In Bobby's black-and-white world, she's neon. More than any other character, she shows Bobby that human flaws can be beautiful, and in a brilliant turn of events, Bobby teaches her a thing or two about humanity. Bobby Robot is filled with laugh-out-loud moments, creative world-building, and words written so perfectly that I just have to touch them.

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ plus a few extra

Bonus news: A second Bobby Robot, rumored to be called Bobby 2.0, is already in the works!

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