Review: iD by Madeline Ashby

June 25, 2013 5 stars, Book Review 13 ★★★★★

Pabkins’ One Liner: From the perspective of a humanoid robot but highly charged with emotion!



Javier is a self-replicating humanoid on a journey of redemption.

Javier’s quest takes him from Amy’s island, where his actions have devastating consequences for his friend, toward Mecha where he will find either salvation… or death.

File Under: Science Fiction [ vN2 | Island in the Streams | Failsafe No More | The Stepford Solution ]

This book and review contain strong language and adult themes that may not be appropriate for all readers!

Last year I read  and reviewed vN – The First Machine Dynasty. If you haven’t already check out that title as it would be best read first!

Now Wait for it, wait for it..

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“We’re all facing the goddamn robot apocalypse because some nerds didn’t have the sack to ask a girl out.”
That is just one taste of the fucking awesome iD is made up of. It’s also pretty much sums up really well what the story is about.  Not that it’s about nerdy guys who can’t approach women but that a lot of people are using the humanoids as an outlet for things they either can’t, won’t, or really shouldn’t be doing with other people.

If you haven’t already you need to read vN, which is the first book in The Machine Dynasty, you need to! Madeline Ashby writes a world that is essentially a possible future for our world.  Robots have been developed by a religious group to be the companions for all those people that are going to be left behind once Armageddon or the ‘Rapture’ comes.  So this group, New Eden, purposefully creates these robots for these people who they pretty much consider the less savory side of mankind, which is so hypocritical because everyone IN the New Eden ministry that we come across seems to be perverts. What does that mean folks? Well consider anything a sicko would get in trouble doing to a human they can instead do to the closest possible equivalent, a thinking, feeling humanoid machine that can do nothing to stop them because of a built in failsafe.

But these crazy thumpers created something WONDERFUL! These humanoid robots to me are an entire new species.  They think, feel, hurt, bleed – they are alive! This book will lead you to question just what constitutes being alive. iD also tackles some nasty issues, like pedophilia and rape.  But even with these hefty things the book still manages to not be a complete Debbie downer.  Its an awesome story about what if, and knowing when you make mistakes, and the fallacy of all people whether human or robotic.

A piece of excellent advice:

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“Someday you’ll look at where you are, and all the choices that brought you there, and you’ll remember everyone you ever met and everything you ever said, and you’ll have to make peace with that, even if it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted.”
Javier is the lead and perspective iD is told from.  He’s had quite a few iterations (kids) and he’s been through a lot in his 4 short years of life.  I find him so refreshing and hilarious. It was wonderful to learn more about his background and to see just how resourceful he is. Javier is the type that is going to tell it like it is and how it is sometimes isn’t anywhere near what you want to hear!

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“Oh, so fucking me is taking advantage of my programming, but putting me to sleep like a fucking date rapist, that’s OK?”
In iD he does something that he seriously wants to make right – something that could have just changed the fate of humanity and humanoids. So he’s on a mission to try to make things right.  This is his story.  But can he conquer his own programming to be who he really wants to be?

With all that said there are adult scenes in this book, it’s not erotica so don’t think that – it just has adult themes and scenes so keep that in mind if you decide to pick this up.



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13 Responses to “Review: iD by Madeline Ashby”

  1. Jon

    This sounds right up my alley. Would you quit finding me many interesting books. The back log is getting silly.

  2. amel armeliana

    You gave 5 stars for this book. This must be a great read, and reading your review it is. I’d love to read it.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      It really was awesome. Also depends on how you like sci-fi type stuff but you know I consider this futuristic not so much sci-fi and even though it’s from the perspective of a robot he still feels very human you know?

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      It seriously is very in your face! It’s hard to describe – everything about the book was so interesting. I really hope you do give it a try!!

  3. Jaime Lester

    Again, all that I needed was that freakin quote. Seriously, how could I turn away from a book like this? With a quote like that? Answer: No way in HECK could I turn away. Especially after reading the rest of your review for this one, and after reading your review yesterday for the first. I know good and dang well that I will LOVE this series and I can’t wait to get started Pabkins!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      That first quote was awesome right?? haha. You can’t turn away! You can’t you can’t! It’s the opposite of a train wreck! That perfect balance of the crunchy chewy cookie that you just have to take a big freaking bite of!! By the way – #hugtackleslam!

      • Jaime Lester

        Aww! Did you create our very own #? That. Is. Awesome! And all I got from the rest of it was cookies, and so I just went to the kitchen and got some for myself. Yummy!