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Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky To fix the world they first must break it further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose. There is so much to love in Service Model, but one of the things I most love about it is the peculiar blend of charming innocence and insightful cynicism. Uncharles the domestic robot is such a simple soul (though he would state that he has no soul and this is an inaccurate description). He approaches the end of the world with optimism and hope, or whatever equivalent to these emotions h

Review - Mort the Meek and the Ravens' Revenge by Rachel Delahaye

 Review - Mort the Meek and the Ravens' Revenge by Rachel Delahaye

On Brutalia violence is a way of life. Ravenous ravens circle overhead, monstrous grot bears cause chaos and the streets are bulging with brawls. But Mort isn’t like the other islanders – he’s determined to live peacefully. His struggle is made even tougher when the cruel queen appoints Mort as Royal Executioner. No one has challenged the royals and lived to tell the tale. Can Mort keep his head and outwit the queen?

Mort the Meek and the Ravens' Revenge by Rachel Delahaye  is hilariously horrid and nicely nasty and a whole heap of frightening fun! It's so nasty, brutal and violent, but in such a clever, funny and downright entertaining way. I loved it. 

Mort is a pacifist living on an island full of people who are absolutely, definitely not pacifists. Okay, so maybe he can just keep his head down and not make a fuss and everything will be okay? Well, maybe not as Mort is the new official executioner!

There's something a little ridiculous about this book, a purposeful ridiculousness though, and it enjoys that and revels in it and makes something wickedly fun out of it. Everything is turned up to max here, the nasty people are the nastiest they could be, and the situations are as awful as situations get, and poor Mort is stuck in the middle of it. It may be a guilty pleasure, but it's a pleasure nevertheless!

What can I say? I loved seeing awful things happen to Mort, and only partly because I also loved him seeing him use his intellect and his compassion to get out of it all.


Mort the Meek and the Ravens' Revenge by Rachel Delahaye is out now, published by Little Tiger Group.
I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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