Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Fugitive X

Fugitive X
It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?Title: Fugitive X
Author: Gregg Rosenblum
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Science fiction, dystopian
Pages: 272
Age Rating: Readers over 12
My Opinion: 8/10

Hi, Readers!

       Sometimes I feel annoyed with authors who write sequels because they feel the need to completely recap their previous novel in the first few chapters of the sequel.  Therefore, for this It's Monday!  What Are You Reading? (a blogging meme hosted by Teach Mentor Texts, Book Journeys, and Unleashing Readers), I chose to review Fugitive X, by Gregg Rosenblum, because it skips the usual sequel boredom and jumps right into the action.

       Nick, Kevin, and Cass are the returning main characters from Revolution 19, and they have escaped the City and are on the run from killer robots in the wilderness.  The "Bots" wish to capture the three siblings in order to return them to the City for Reeducation, meaning wiping their brains of all memories and integrating them into society.  However, the siblings have other plans - they want to rescue their parents from the City and stay clear of Reeducation.  Things do not go as planned when Cass is captured by the Bots and Nick and Kevin are split up.  They have to put their trust in a sketchy rebel organization if they want any hope of helping their sister and rescuing their parents.  Along the way, they discover some horrifying secrets about their pasts and futures.

       This sci-fi novel is one of the most action-packed books that I've read in a while - there are killer robots and dangerous rebels on every page.  Nick, Kevin, and Cass are double-crossed, tricked, and played, and they struggle to figure out who they can trust in the wilderness.  I think that the most interesting aspect of the novel is the relationship between humans and robots.  Although there is a unified feeling of hatred towards the City Bots, Kevin especially has to interact with a new race of bots and discovers that they are not all as bad as they seem.

Revolution 19
Book one of the
Revolution 19 series
       The biggest positive and negative about Fugitive X is that it stays true to the point of a sequel - it is entirely a continuation of the first book in the series.  Characters from the previous novel are not reintroduced, so unacquainted readers will be extremely confused about what is going on.  However, the novel both starts off and ends with a plot twist, so it is an excellent bridge between the first and third books.

       Fugitive X has both male and female appeal in that two of the main characters are boys and one is a girl.  There is plenty of action and violence to satisfy a young male audience, most likely aimed towards middle- and high-schoolers, and there is a great deal of suspense.  Any science fiction lover will appreciate the unique world that Gregg Rosenblum has created in his Revolution 19 series, but watch out - you must read the books in order!

Happy reading!


  1. That's a new to me one! Have a good reading week!

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  2. Hi there Katie, these are two unfamiliar titles to me - and they both sound extremely interesting. Will definitely check them out.

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