vN (The Machine Dynasty, #1) by Madeline Ashby

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Read vN (The Machine Dynasty, #1) Online Free - Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine, a self-replicating humanoid robot.

For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, little Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.

Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has failed… Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.

Title : vN (The Machine Dynasty, #1)
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ISBN : 0857662627
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Kevin rated it ★★★☆☆

May 15, 2017

vN is a perfectly good novel and tells an interesting story, but there is a great novel hiding just below its surface that never quite breaches. It had one of the most original origin stories for AI that I’ve ever read, and was a genuine novel of ideas, but I feel like it just never really got th...

Sarah rated it ★★★☆☆

August 21, 2016

This was a YA sci-fi story about robots. Amy was quite a meek girl until her mother was attacked, and the sudden eating of her grandmother was a bit odd, as was how quickly Amy went from acting like a 5-year-old to acting like an adult. The storyline in this was about Amy eating her grandmother, an...

Mogsy (MMOGC) rated it ★★★★☆

June 18, 2014

4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum While reading vN, I was frequently reminded of a mission statement I saw once on Angry Robot’s website – to publish the best in modern adult genre fiction, or in their words, “SF, F and WTF?!” This book certainly falls most...

Carmen rated it ★★★★★

March 28, 2016

Amy is five years old. At her kindergarten graduation, her grandmother shows up. Amy has never met her grandmother, and now she knows why. Her grandmother jumps on stage, grabs a little boy, and flings him to his death. When Amy's mother, Charlotte, tries to stop her, she starts beating Charlotte...

Ben rated it ★★★★☆

November 05, 2014

The robot apocalypse pops up all the time in science fiction, and with good reason. Humans are generally bad at getting along with each other; sharing this planet with intelligent life of an entirely different variety would probably not go down well. Isaac Asimov, of course, famously developed th...

Katy rated it ★★★☆☆

September 08, 2012

3.5 stars - Bouncing between 3 and 4. WARNING: vN is definitely not for the weak stomach, and it's not normally my type of book, but for some reason, I just had a sick, twisted desire to read such a weird book. (And I had to pick an edition because I promised a certain someone that the cover will...

Melissa rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 27, 2015

While it's certainly possible to read this & get a lot of satisfaction from it, it's also possible to read this & want to throw it across the room, especially if you admire precision in writing. This book makes me yearn for a stringent editor. It all hinges on one plot point that is so no...

Travis rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2013

When I saw Madeline Ashby's vN on Angry Robot’s list of up-coming books to review, I admit to being captivated initially by the title itself. I didn’t make the connection to the “von Neumann” idea until I read the blurb, because in general robot fiction doesn't interest me. But recently, I’ve bee...

Kyle rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 18, 2013

If I was a young woman, this might strike a chord. So much of scifi is metaphor; ways of discussing hard topics and new ideas. So a book about being a little girl, transitioning suddenly to adulthood, and the loving/furious relationship women may have with their mother is rich ground. Truly great...

Rachel (TheShadesofOrange) rated it ★★★★☆

March 18, 2017

4.0 Stars This was an intelligently written novel that imagines a future where our society integrates organic and synthetic life. The main character is quite young and naive, which gave the book a young adult tone. However, the book actually addresses some very adult subject matter that may not be...

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