Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a killer robot? Maybe you were curious about what goes through the mind of those who are considered “mentally handicapped” by the elitist society around us? What if you could experience both in the same package. Michael Bunker delivers a thrilling story of one autistic Amish boy stuck in the body of a killer robot. Talk about a culture clash!
Bunker‘s writing style, once again, comes to the forefront. It makes you feel like an outsider looking in on the lives of a troubled doctor and his pet robot. This is not to say that the story in unengaging or the characters hard to relate with. On the contrary, the reader will feel conflicted as if this book is the type to be enjoyed on the back porch swing with a cup of tea but as equally practical in the low-light of a bus terminal at rush hour. You can relax with this book but can never put it down, even with the world screaming at you.
Bunker shows that research is important. He is so well-versed in the Amish culture that you feel like you’re there. His knowledge also shines in the mind of an autistic boy. It’s almost as if Bunker was autistic in his former life, providing an intense attention to detail with the inner-workings of a troubled mind. Believable is putting it mildly. The author provides just enough detail to get you invested, and just enough emotion to keep you there. The characters are believable, relatable, and cared for (even if one of them is a Amish autistic child stuck in a robot body).
Though not every book needs to have a long, sprawling plot, some could benefit from more. Brother, Frankenstein is one such book. It is by no means plotless, and what is there is engaging, but it feel like the story is just getting started as it ends. This shows Bunkers focus on characters and plot (which are essential), but it couldn’t hurt from a bit more plot intricacy. There was nothing here that surprised me.
Bunker provides a pleasant journey through the a troubled mind. Every character is well developed and gives the reader a reason to cheer them on (or hate them). The setting is wonderfully laid out and the premise is unique, but nothing in the plot really stands out. If you are looking for a lighter read that sucks you in with its small-town feel while maintaining the elements of sci-fi that we all love, this book is right for you.