Sunday, April 12, 2015

I Heart Robot Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to the I Heart Robot Tour!  Enter the give away and then read on down the page to learn more about the book.
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Giveaway Information: Winner will be drawn April 27, 2015
· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of I Heart Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen

~About the Book~

Title: I Heart Robot
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Suzanne van Rooyen

Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who won’t belittle her musical aspirations.

Q-I-99 aka ‘Quinn’ lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power.

Tyri and Quinn’s worlds collide when they’re accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn’s love of music brings them closer together, making Tyri question where her loyalties lie and Quinn question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, Tyri and Quinn make a shocking discovery that turns their world inside out. Will their passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart?

~About the Author~ 

Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Sweden and is busy making friends with the ghosts of her Viking ancestors. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When she grows up, she wants to be an elf – until then, she spends her time (when not writing) wall climbing, buying far too many books, and entertaining her shiba inu, Lego.

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~Author Guest Blog~

Like many stories, the idea for I Heart Robot began with a 'what if' – what if a girl fell in love with a boy, but didn't know he was a robot? From there, the idea expanded until I had the premise for a novel.

While working on the outline for the story, I realized I needed something to bring these two characters together despite the fact that one wasn't even human. Being a musician myself, music being the uniting force seemed an obvious choice. Once I knew that my characters were musicians, the rest of the pieces fell into place, inspired by a number of things including a certain scene from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Asimov's I, Robot collection. Having lived in Finland and spending some time in the other Nordic countries, I wanted the setting to be something different from the norm and a place I felt I could write about from my own experience, so that's what inspired the futuristic Scandinavian setting.

The obvious theme in this book is the exploration of what makes us human, what 'being human' means in both the literal and philosophical sense. Like so many groups throughout history, the androids in I Heart Robot face discrimination and the lack of basic rights, but should machines – although programmed to behave and even arguably think like humans – be granted human rights? And this brings us back to examining what being human really means.

At its core, I Heart Robot is a love story with themes of acceptance, tolerance, and overcoming prejudice woven throughout. The story is still meant to be an entertaining YA read though – it's not meant to be didactic or even allegorical – but it might invite readers to think a little bit about what being human means to them and where we should, if ever, draw the line when it comes to granting civil rights.

Do you think we'll ever get to a point where machines would want 'human' rights?

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