will.i.am has a bright book!

Yup, you read that right. will.i.am, together with Brian David Johnson, wrote a book and the cover’s literally bright — I mean, look how shiny it is!

WaR book cover, published by Penguin Books, 2018.

So, apart from its obvious glow, what made me pick this book among the hundreds on the shelves?

I would say it’s the title. WaR (Wizards and Robots) really got me thinking how will the authors portray a world with both wizards and robots in it.
Also, as a nerd (welp), I do read dedication and acknowledgement pages. And boy, I must say that this book is on a totally different dimension level!

Dedication page of WaR

I think I rarely see a book that’s not dedicated to the author’s mother or father or spouse or children — or any other specific person. This one is clearly for the readers. Moreover, it was not a thank-you note but a wonderful reminder!

Acknowledgements page of WaR

How novel is that?! To be honest, I forgot my basic computer lessons on binary digits so this made me review a little (through this pretty helpful site). I mean, you might not wanna look it up, but I’m telling you, aside from the fact that curiosity kills, it’s pretty fun to decode things!

Also, I just thought that this might be cooler if the readers had to decode the dedication too, no? Or a little message to look for after reading the novel. I know, nerd.

Now, science fictions are rarely on my shelf. In fact, after reading Mockingjay last 2013 (yup, rushed it before the 2014 movie), this is my first revisit of the genre. Woah, now that I’ve written it down, it’s been seven years since I last read sci-fi? C’mon, what did I even do with my life? Lol.

Anyway, in reading sci-fi, I do give imporatnce in worlding. Like I’ve said, I got hooked because I got curious on how did the authors showcase a world with wizards and robots in it. After all, once the world is set, a reader can’t stop turning pages.

In this book, the authors showcased three worlds — three timelines, to be precise. And I must say that they have to be applauded for each. The details and words used were sufficient to establish the environment, culture, and people in each timeline.

My only problem was with the flow of the story. I’d say it wasn’t so smooth at first since the timeline changes every chapter. Needless to say, it’s a little confusing and hard to follow. However, it was gradually reduced along the story, making it an easier and more enjoyable read.

As for the characters, I can say that each one of them is on-point. There were two main: Geller (a wizard) and Ada (an ordinary human being) but you won’t feel that they dominated the entire story because even the supporting ones (Kaku, Kipp, Dr. Luring, Cavelos, etc.) all played a critical role in achieving the story’s goal.

There might be overpowering scenes given to certain characters but c’mon, even Harry Potter did that! So, aside from the ones I’ve mentioned, I actually liked how they portrayed the Malum — I’m telling you, it’s a wonderful deconstruction of both a legend and an expectedly all-knowing body of authority.

Overall, I would say that this is a very good book for adolescents and teenagers. Though we always have a child within us, haven’t we?

After all, I believe that the message of the story applies to all ages. To me, that is the fact that we need to respect all existing forms in this universe — may they be wizards, faulty humans, or emotionless but loyal robots.

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