Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

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From the creators of Homeland and the Final Destination films, Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else.

At first they called it system-wide malfunctions when the robots stopped fighting at exactly 2:15 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time, August 17, 2051. For twenty-two hours the battlefields were silent. Then when the bots began killing again, now targeting their human commanders, they shook their heads and called it fatal programming errors. When, a day later, the skies over cities on six continents grew dark with warships, they began to understand. And when the bombs rained down and legions of bot foot soldiers marched into the burning ruins, killing any humans who resisted and dragging away the rest, they finally called it what it was: revolution.

Only a few escaped the robot war. Those who did lived in secret freeposts, hiding from the robot armies determined to control the human race. Nick, Kevin, and Cass are some of the lucky ones—they live with their parents in a secret human community outside the robot-controlled Cities. But when the bots discover their village and attack, the teens are forced to run. Determined to find out if their parents are alive, the three siblings venture into the heart of the robot City, where one misstep could be their last.


About Gregg Rosenblum

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Gregg Rosenblum is an editor/webmaster/communications/quasi-IT guy at Harvard. He graduated from UC San Diego and has an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He lives in Boston, MA, with his wife and daughter.
Published January 8, 2013 by HarperTeen. 277 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After waiting there for several days, the trio decides to head to the nearest City in hopes of rescuing their parents.

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In "Revolution 19" by Gregg Rosenblum, the robots have taken over.

Jan 14 2013 | Read Full Review of Revolution 19

Teen Reads

Rosenblum also weaves intriguing themes and irony into the turmoil, including man’s inhumanity to man, the inhumanity inevitably passed on to the currently ruling robots and the very violence from which the bots believe they are protecting the world.

Jan 02 2013 | Read Full Review of Revolution 19

City Book Review

This is definitely an older teen read as there are periods of violence and torture as well as the strong dystopian society, which typically means death to those who disobey which might be too graphic for younger readers.

Jan 17 2013 | Read Full Review of Revolution 19

SF Signal

The Crossing seems a bit generic, and, as for The Vortex, I hate when a fiction book’s cover uses photographs of people no matter how imaginatively they think they’re using them.

Dec 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Revolution 19

The Young Folks

When I read that Revolution 19 was part of a collaboration that included a Homeland producer (a show I’m unequivocally obsessed with), I picked up the book right away and started reading.

Jan 08 2013 | Read Full Review of Revolution 19


After waiting for hours for their parents to arrive, the three determine that their parents must have been kidnapped by these robots and taken back to The City as hostages.

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Curled Up Kids

Rosenblum is a crafty and skilled writer, though the ideas he draws on here that have been written about before.

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Gr 8 Up—In the not-so-distant future, a robot revolution results in humans living in tightly controlled cities or in the wild outskirts, surviving by scavenging "pre-Rev" items. When their parents are captured during a "bot" raid on one such Freepost, three teens set out to rescue them. The sibli...

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