Robota is based on concept art from Doug Chiang (the concept artist for the Star Wars prequel trilogy + Star Wars The force Awakens, and he is the production designer for Star Wars: Rogue One) with the accompanying story from Orson Scott Card.

The graphic work in this book is ASTONISHINGLY GOOD!

Quite a lot of it doesn’t actually connect with the story as it’s unfolding and I wonder if there’s a prequel book in the pipeline (would be pretty appropriate given the author’s work on Star Wars 1-3!)

The story here is a pretty solid post apocalyptic tale with a couple of unexpected twists in the final chapters. The hero characters and villain are not particularly ‘fleshed out’ but that kind of works better with Caps amnesia and lends more urgency to their mission anyway. 

Sadly, because of the author’s choice to present us with a short story rather than a series of books we learn very little of the history behind the conflicts or even the current state of the planet despite a journey through many terrains by Caps and his companions. I can’t help but feel disappointed in the story arc being so short, especially as the concept art hints at so much more to be written about.

Story 3/5

Artwork 5/5

Overall 4.5/5

** I received a free digital edition of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **


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