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Reviewed by Stefan Vucak for Readers' Favorite
Minds of Metal finds Gwen hiking through the forest where she discovers an abandoned laboratory used to experiment with Artificial Intelligence. There, she finds a disassembled female android. At school, she is introduced to Rick, a computer whiz kid, and sparks fly. Determined to reassemble the android, she reluctantly seeks Rick’s help. After six years, they manage to get Hrafn to work, but the android is not yet complete. Rick obtains a special chip that enables Hrafn to become self-aware – and sets the World Government (WG) agents after them. Rick is arrested and Gwen, with Hrafn’s help, is determined to rescue him, unaware of the secrets her adventure will reveal about Hrafn, the WG and the wars between the bots and humans.
With Minds of Metal, L.R.L. Sheader takes the reader on a fascinating journey of self-exploration, a new post-apocalyptic world where functional robots now serve mankind, and Artificial Intelligence that has risen from the ashes of the mankind-bots war. I enjoyed Gwen as an irreverent, brash character, unwilling to admit that anyone else could be as smart as she. Reluctant to admit that she needed help to reassemble Hrafn, her fiery relationship with Rick brings necessary spice to the book that spans history and the present world, where robots and people are integrated in a global net. I felt that Minds of Metal lost some of its dynamic drive when L.R.L. Sheader delved into the history of the mankind-bots war and the rise of the new World Government. Nevertheless, I feel that young adult readers will find the book a very entertaining read, as will many adults.