Book Review: Remote by Lisa Acerbo


Synopsis for Remote:

When technology fulfills every dream, reality becomes a nightmare.

Below the streets of New State, the undergrounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. Every night, Yara risks her life fighting New State’s deadliest weapons, the drones. Half human and half machine, their living half tortured until everything human is gone, the drones have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision.

Yara is good at her job and committed to her raids on New State. Until one of those raids brings her face-to-face with Joshua, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Yara feels for Joshua is very real. And it’s punishable by law.

As she and Joshua grow closer, she convinces him to leave New State for her underground cause. But as the unrest between New State and the underground escalates, and the drones move in to destroy her world, nothing goes as planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Yara’s forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away—forever…


This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.  I discovered this author when she published her first novel, Apocalipstick. I enjoyed Ms. Acerbo’s first book so much that I connected with her on social network just so I wouldn’t miss further work. It delighted me to learn that she published Remote. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the book and will tell you that I was NOT THE LEAST BIT disappointed.

I enjoyed following Yara on her raid missions and held my breath each time she risked her safety by visiting Josh, the tech-head.  This modern day West Side Story with a sci-fi twist provides the right about of romance, drama and action.  Not only does Yara struggle to make her first romance work, she must fight half human-half machine monsters designed to kill and protect her community by leading a war against the enemy.  The fight scenes are suspenseful and well written.  It was easy to imagine myself in the action and to feel each character’s pain.

The author did a fantastic job creating three-dimensional characters that readers care about.  At the same time, the suspense keeps readers turning pages. This young-adult, sci-fi novel is one that parents and their teens will equally enjoy.  The characters are rich, the plot is exciting, the writing is intelligent and the story is without foul language and sex scenes.  I strongly recommend this book for adults and teens, alike.

photo1About the Author:  Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and two horses. When not writing, she mountain bikes, hikes, and tries to pursue some type of further education. She recently completed her EdD.

Other books written by this author:

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Synopsis:  Life is bad after the apocalypse…the undead just made it worse.

Jenna should be having the time of her life at college. Instead, her one desire is survival. She lives in a world gone insane after a virus kills most of the population. Being alive after the apocalypse is bad, but when the undead return, hungry for humans, times turn darker. For Jenna and a small group of survivors, the goal is to reach the High Point Inn. At the inn, Jenna develops feelings for Caleb, who, while exotic and intoxicating, is notquite human. Will this new utopia last?


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