Neveah Hor is a 13-year-old author from Singapore, and she has a brilliant imagination. Her novel, Love Machine, is creative and full of drama.
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- Title: Love Machine
- Author: Neveah Hor
- Publisher: Independent on February 19, 2020
- Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
- Pages: 169
- Format: Kindle e-Book
- Rating: 3/5
Many thanks to Neveah Hor for gifting me a free copy of Love Machine in exchange for an honest review.
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Trigger Warnings: Rape, Physical Violence
Synopsis of Love Machine
In this year, 2050, among the humans on the streets, there are these very few others. Others who are made in the biggest technology company, AITA (artificial intelligence and technological advancements), what humans call, the guardians. They were crossbreeds of humans and animals which had the highest Intelligent Quotient (IQ)they were created to protect all citizens with their special abilities. However, they had one enemy. The citizens called them the poachers. They are from another company, The Royal AI. This company was the second most advanced company and they wanted all the glory of AITA. To win them over, The Royal AI had to prove themselves worthy and they resolved to hunting down the guardians to kill them all off. They have decided to start off with the head of the guardians, 7 different crossbreeds – Aurelia, Jiwon, Hye Kyo, Lena, Darren, Justin and lastly Richard. Aurelia, the chairwoman and Jiwon, the vice chairwoman. Hye Kyo and Lena, the advisors and the three males, heads of defense. Humans just did not understand one thing… These guardians they so often talk about did not want fame. They wanted something else…Goodreads
This novel is a fantastic mix of spirit and determination. I admire this author’s talent. While the book could use the finesse of an older author as far as the plot goes. Neveah has wonderful potential and will be an absolute gem of an author as she grows into herself as a writer.
The story itself is full of angsty teenage half-animal/half-human characters. The plot is shocking, but in a way that is shocking for the sake of being shocking, not in a way to move the story along. As a mother, it scares me that a thirteen-year-old would know what some of the acts in this book are. Hor’s writing about them makes me face a reality I don’t want to accept.
I expect that tweens and early teens would love this novel. For me, I look forward to watching the author perfect her craft and go on to be the talented writer I know she will be one day.
With that, I award Love Machine 3 stars.