Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
The Crashtowners can't wait to disassemble Titus' robot friend and use it for spare parts. Escaping the boot-strapped town made out of crashed space ship parts to the uncharted wilderness, Titus and Bad'bot eventually become tangled up in a secret rebellion against the sponsors of the newly terraformed planet, and the search for freedom and friendship creates unlikely heroes. More

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About Pearl Kelly

Pearl Kelly is author of the science fiction short stories Crashtown and The Awake Crew (both set in the same future universe). She grew up in Vienna and now lives in Oxford, UK where she enjoys gardening, martial arts and science news.

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Review by: Gauri Sunshine on April 15, 2016 :
I really enjoyed this little book. I found myself caring about the characters and the friendship between young Titus and his errant robot, knick-named Bad'bot. The story is compelling and follows the main characters across the landscape of a newly terraformed planet.

I was annoyed whenever I had to put the book down - I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

In the end, I too was left wanting more. Surely the story doesn't end here? Off to read Pearl Kelly's other book 'the Awake Crew'... though I have the feeling that one may be more of a prequel?? Certainly hoping there will be more to discover of this duo in the future (uh, my future :p )
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
Review by: MusicAction on April 7, 2016 :
Great story! Very enjoyable plot and characters. I just wish it was a bit longer so as to get to know the characters better…Maybe in a future story? I wouldn’t call it ‘short story’, as it is quite long for that. I would say a ‘novella’ is probably more suitable to its length. And, as I said, very readable!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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