A Robot in the Garden, Deborah Install

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*

Author: Deborah Install
Publisher: Transworld
Pages: 288
Format: eArc
ISBN-10: 0857523023
ISBN-13: 9780857523020
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A Robot in the Garden

One day Ben Chambers finds a little robot under a tree in his garden. It is not the prettiest robot on the world and it for sure is not a fancy android. His wife Amy tries to convince him to get rid of the rusty piece of scrap metal. Ben feeling a bit lost himself decides against this and a friendship grows between Ben and the robot. Ben goes on a quest to bring the robot home and find out who he is.

This was one of the cutest stories I have read in a long time. There are a lot of layers in this book and it is made easy to decide how deep you will delve into these layers. If you want you can go with Ben on his big trip to define himself new after loosing everything. How much things between him and Tang are actually the same. You can go for the politics. Tang not being accepted because he is only a robot and not a droid. But I felt it was fine to stay on the top layer too. The adventure and how the relation is growing. The story of a blooming friendship and not taking everything to serious. There is a lot of humor in the story. I had a big laugh about a Hotel California reference. The developments in the story are done well except for the end. I felt there story could have stopped a few chapters earlier.
Both Ben and Tang are great characters. It is easy to fall in love with Tang even though it is clear he can be annoying at points the description about him going around is just made me 'awwww' all the time. Ben is not a very strong personality. I usually do not like them but I liked the way he stood up for Tang giving him a lot of bonus points. Amy is not a nice woman.
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