Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dustwalker by Tiffany Roberts

by Tiffany Roberts
Publication Date: July 15, 2017
Publisher: Tiffany Roberts
Genre: Cyberpunk | Dystopian
Print Length: 467 pages
Available from: Amazon

Walk. Scavenge. Destroy. Trade. A simple cycle that’s suited Ronin for one hundred and eighty-five years. With no clear grasp of his programming, the barren wasteland known as The Dust offers him purpose, a place where his armored undercasing, amped-up processors, and advanced optics can be put to use. The ramshackle towns on the edges of the waste serve merely as resupply stations between increasingly long treks. But one night — one human woman — makes him question everything.


Lara Brooks struggles to survive under the strict rules imposed by the bots in Cheyenne. With her sister missing, she’s been on her own for weeks, and fears the worst. Her only hope comes from Ronin, a bot she catches spying on her. He promises to provide for Lara and search for her sister. All she has to do is dance. It should be easy; she’s done it before. But the longer she spends with Ronin, the harder it is to see him as just another bot.


In a city where humans are relegated to live in squalor, Ronin discovers a threat greater than any in the Dust — Warlord, Cheyenne’s tyrannical leader. When Ronin ignores the rules, he unwittingly puts Lara in danger. Warlord is as intolerant of disrespect as he is of mankind.

Dustwalker by Tiffany Roberts

DustwalkerHumanity had to do it. We had to have artificial intelligence, robots and the like to make our lives “better.” What happens when our own creations become our own worst nightmares? Does humanity become obsolete, a burden? What happened after The Dark?

The dynamic writing duo that make up Tiffany Roberts has done it, again! Enter the dystopian, post-apocalyptic world of DUSTWALKER and witness a future where humans are excess baggage to be tolerated and relegated to squalor in a world where the land has been decimated and only rare outposts thrive, one in particular, Cheyenne, is under the harsh rule of the Warlord, a robotic being bent on the subjugation of humanity and his complete rule over all. But out there, in the unknown, beyond the wasteland called the Dust is there a chance for more?

Lara has struggled to exist as a human in Cheyenne, a female alone, tough and independent, because no one is going to look out for her until she meets Ronin. Ronin is a Dustwalker, a robot made long ago, warrior tough, but human in his appearance, a synth whose memory unit was damaged long ago when the Dark came. Together Lara and Ronin make an unlikely pair, allies that have each other’s backs and it is that alliance that could mean Lara’s torture and death at the hands of the Warlord.

Team Tiffany have done an incredible job of building a world of the future that could be seen as our worst nightmare, our worst “what if” scenario and turned it into something believable, somewhere alive. Their handling of Ronin’s reactions, functions and even his own self-doubt brilliantly, assigning him humanity with caveats, he doesn’t “see’ something, his optics adjust. He doesn’t “run,” his mechanics allows for faster movement, uneven terrain and he shouldn’t “feel” emotions, but…who knew he would come across Lara?

Lara is one tough woman who has faced loss, and pulled herself up and gone on to survive. Definitely NOT a fan of bots, no one is more amazed at the interaction between her and Ronin than she.
An incredible tale, from the first page to the last! This one is a dystopian gem where one robot almost becomes the Pinocchio of science fiction, almost…Highly recommended! Would make an excellent foundation for a series!

I received an ARC edition from Tiffany Roberts in exchange for my honest and voluntary review!

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