Saturday, August 13, 2016

Machinations by Hayley Stone (Machinations- Book 1)

by Hayley Stone

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Machinations - Book 1
Publisher: Hydra (July 26, 2016)
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
ISBN 9780399594373
Genre: Sci-fi
Print Length: 343 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution was perfectly logical. To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race.

A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began—until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong. Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories. She is a clone . . . of herself.

Trapped in the shadow of the life she once knew, the reincarnated Rhona must find her place among old friends and newfound enemies—and quickly. For the machines are inching closer to exterminating humans for good. And only Rhona, whoever she is now, can save them.

Machinations by Hayley Stone (Machinations- Book 1)

Machinations (Machinations, #1)Their directive: Stop the wars that have plagued the world since time began. It seems like an eventuality more than science fiction. Humans want it all, they want to control everything, but what happens when the machines they create take their directive to a logical conclusion on their own? To end wars, eliminate the cause, the human race…and the war begins in all of its brutal ugliness.

Rhona Long became the symbol to rally behind, the voice heard around the world. Not one to shy away from danger, she would be front and center on every mission, until that fateful day she was killed. Once again, science and medicine come to the rescue and Rhona awakens to find herself healed and almost whole, except for those spotty memory losses. She is herself, but not. She is her own clone and this is her story of loss, love, and the struggle to fit in again in a world who doesn’t even know she died. Does she still have that brilliant edge that made her a leader? Is her mind still able to cobble victory out of the most dire situations or will she become a figurehead for the survivors who depend on her for their strength?

And love? How can she feel the same for the man she once shared everything with while he has become a rigid rock of resistance and apparent hate?

Gritty, suspenseful and definitely one of those “what if” stories, Machinations by Hayley Stone has pretty much stripped the glamor of a future filled with robotic beings and near perfect cloning to its core. Dramatic, intense and thought-provoking, we are afforded the opportunity to share Rhona’s thoughts, actions and reactions as she interacts with those she both commands and loves. Page one and I was underground with the humans, hiding out from the machines on the hunt to extinguish them. Watch heroes rise and fall in death as they give their all for others to live one more day. Understand the machines, they do not act out of villainy, they were created and programmed by humans to be the best they could be, to be sentient.

Ms.Stone doesn’t tell us what to feel, she presents her tale and leaves the rest to us. Could you love the clone of your heart’s true love? Would you trust them with your life? Can they really be the same person they once were? What of the machines? Was it the arrogant ignorance of science that created humanity’s own demise? Were they too good at creating their monsters or not good enough?
This isn’t a joy ride into the world of science fiction, this has meat and depth, as well as flawed humans trying to create an unknown future with no script to work off of. LOVED it!

I received this copy from Hydra in exchange for my honest review.

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