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June 4, 2024

New Post-Apocalyptic Novel is Perfect for a Summer Road Trip or Book Club Pick

by Donna Huber

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.

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book cover of post-apocalyptic audiobook Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky
June 2024; Macmillan Audio; 9781250351210
audio (12h 22m); ebook, print; post-apocalyptic

In July, my post-apocalyptic book club sets its reading calendar for the next 12 months so I start looking for new titles to recommend. That is how I came to learn of Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky. 

While he has written several science fiction and fantasy novels, this is my first book by him. I'm kind of surprised that my book club hasn't read him before (perhaps they did before I joined 5 or 6 years ago). I really enjoyed this novel and want to explore his back catalog.

The audiobook is read by the author and he does a great job. There aren't too many characters and the story is pretty straightforward so it is an excellent story to listen to. If you are heading out on a road trip this summer, this book would definitely provide hours of entertainment without being overly distracting while driving.

I was intrigued by witnessing the post-apocalyptic world through the eyes of a robot. The service model valet Charles/Uncharles goes on a hero's journey of sorts, which I found very interesting as you would expect a robot to be a very unchanging character. But for a robot, he does have character growth throughout the novel.

I thought there was a point in the third act that got a little too drawn out only to rush through the explanation of what happened to the world in the final chapters.

It is well-written and there is plenty to make you think which will make this a great book club discussion book. But if you just want an entertaining novel that lets you go along for the ride, this novel is that too.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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