Book Review – WaR: Wizards and Robots by will.i.am and Brian David Johnson

WARAn explosive action-adventure novel created by will.i.am and renowned futurist Brian David Johnson. Wizards are real, robots from the future are here, and the fate of our world rests in the hands of one unsuspecting teenager.

When a young man breaks into her home claiming her life is in danger, Ada Luring’s world changes forever. Geller is a wizard, on the run from his father’s hidden clan who want to kill Ada and her mother. Sara Luring is the scientist who will create the first robot, the wizards’ age-old foes.

But a robot has travelled back in time to find Ada, and will lay everything on the line to protect her, as she may just be the key to preventing the earth’s destruction in the future.

Ada, Geller and the robots must learn to work together to change the past and secure the future. But they don’t have much time before a mysterious enemy launches its attack on Earth…

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gold_star-svggold_star-svg 2/5 Stars

I received this book from the publishers, via Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review.

What did I just read?!?!

I want to say at the start of this that the e-ARC I received was very poorly formatted and line numbering was left in for each and every line in the book (nor sentence either). So that make it almost impossible to read. However, I am trying not to let that colour my review. It did make it harder to follow and I’m certain I missed bits because of it.

Having said all that though. What did I just read?? It *should* be a good, interesting book – there’s wizards, and they were basically wiped out by evil robots so they declare war on all robots. So far, so good? Nope! Cause only some robots are evil or maybe not cause they’re fighting some force that is never explained. And the wizards are all horribly and actually evil anyway except one. And there’s sleep spells to move forward in time, and time travelling robots from the future and random people in the present day and WTF. It’s basically not a bad concept but it needs a SERIOUS edit to make it make sense. And there are WAY too many sub plots and WAY too many characters. The in-fighting wizards isn’t really explained, other than I’m guessing it’s supposed to be politics. The people bad guys – the anti robot people – are pointless and petty and so flat they’re 1-D.

I basically can’t think of anything good to say, I’m afraid. It’s not a bad concept, it’s just far too complicated. It’s like someone said let’s do X. And then instead of doing X they did X then Y then Z and then sprinkled extra characters on top for no good reason. I’m so frustrated right now.

Oh also? With like ten minutes of reading left to go I was thinking that maybe this has a sequel because there’s no way it wraps up even just the war in the time. Ahahahahahaha. I actually wish. Because no, they did. Somehow. It all suddenly ended with no real satisfying explanation and ZERO follow up for the two characters who have to go back to their time. ARGHHHHHH. WTF.

Anyway, rant over. Do not read this book, it will only upset you.

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