Autonomous

Autonomous am Books This is being marketed as funny and to First up there is NOTHING funny in this book and it s BEYOND inappropriate for a yr old Note to Market

Autonomous am Books This is being marketed as “funny” and to 14+First up – there is NOTHING “funny” in this book and it’s BEYOND inappropriate for a 14 yr old. Note to Marketing Team: you need to rethink that.Up front I’ll tell you I went in with the idea that this being a book from the Disney Group it was going to be a certain kind of book; the kind I could safely recommend to the parents I know for their teens and to my local library to consider adding.At this point it has become more of one I wouldn’t let my teen read until he was older and I would tell any other adult to check it out for themselves to decide if they think their son/daughter is capable of handling the material.To say I was surprised this came from Disney is a HUGE understatement. Honestly if it wasn’t being promoted by them and didn’t have a cover that made you think of the outline of the Magic Kingdom that goes before all their movies I might not have such a huge problem with it. I just think that the combo is going to make people, like I did, think the material is suitable for a wider range of audience than it actually is.1) There’s TONS of cussing that starts off right away so you could get drunk making a drinking game out of it before you’re even 1/3 of the way through the book. 2) Speaking of drinking: LOTS of underage drinking, as in these kids aren’t even in college yet and they’re playing drinking games like Never have I ever. 3) Sex between ‘consenting’ teenagers and mutual agreement to “take each other’s virginity”. 4) Cocaine being used like it’s no big deal because Sherlock Holmes & Freud used it per this book. Pills and Shrooms galore.5) A trip into a drug den AKA Meth Lab run by near dead brainless druggies who have a gun and are the poster boys for the Anti-Gun movement – way to go to give those people more ammunition in their cause to rid the world of weapons.6) Cutting and suicide issues are brought up but never addressed in a healthy way.It felt like the author was using these 4 teenagers and a driverless car to work out some deep seated issues as it’s just one long therapy inducing journey. There is the fun of what a driverless car could be like, lots of social media interaction and the consequences of having such a dependent society on it. Pseudo warnings of the overreach of technology into our lives.I can see teenagers getting into this but that may not be a good thing.*UPDATE: since the copy I was sent months ago to review the cover has been changed and references to Disney have been removed as the publisher name has been switched to Freeform which is still an imprint of Disney but most probably don't know that. . William Mackler is about to go on a road trip of a lifetime After winning a contest and nearly dying in the process he becomes the proud owner of Autonomous, a driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do Worthit To sweeten the deal he gets to pick three friends to go with him on a cross country trip to see their favorite band For William, a reckless aWilliam Mackler is about to go on a road trip of a lifetime After winning a contest and nearly dying in the process he becomes the proud owner of Autonomous, a driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do Worthit To sweeten the deal he gets to pick three friends to go with him on a cross country trip to see their favorite band For William, a reckless adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect last hurrah before he and his friends go their separate ways after graduation But Autonomous is than just a car without a steering wheel It s capable of downloading all of the passengers digital history from the good, to the bad, to the humiliating The information is customized into an itinerary that will expose a few well kept secrets, but it will also force William to face some inner demons of his own Think you know Autonomous The real question is, how much does Autonomous know about you. A viral Book Autonomous **I received Autonomous from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.**Honestly, I expected more from Autonomous. The premise sounds like this could have been a really interesting story with tons of room for either serious discussions, or light-hearted fun. The problem was that it tried to do both, but with the wrong audience, none of the consequences, and not the right kind of humor. If the author had just picked either light-hearted humorous book, or serious contemporary/sci-fi, then it would have made the reading experience much more enjoyable. But instead, it's confusing and a little scary thinking about this being marketed to young adults. There are way too many adult themes that drag down the humorous feel to the book. For starters, the main character almost gets run over in order to win a car, and that's just kind of blown over. Like, a bunch of teenagers could have been killed or seriously injured chasing after a car, and we're just supposed to think it's funny? In addition, there's sex between minors, underage drinking, use of illegal substances (not just weed), mentions of suicide and cutting, speeding, drag-racing, etc. And all of the above have little to no consequence. They get caught speeding, nothing happens. Drinking underage and doing illegal drugs should have some ending moral that signifies to young children that "NO you shouldn't do this. And if you do, bad things will happen." In addition to all of that, there's fistfights, and a kidnapping of sorts. DOES THIS SOUND LIKE A HUMOROUS BOOK? This needs to be marketed, and maybe even edited a bit more, so that it flows better.

About Author

  1. Andy Marino was born and raised in upstate New York He spent his childhood orchestrating Lego pirate battles, drawing detailed maps of imaginary video games, and cheating death in Choose Your Own Adventure books Profoundly influenced by the work of J.R.R Tolkien and the movie Bloodsport, he started writing his first novel at the age of eleven Tragically, THE RUNES OF ILLIARM was never completed.During his teen years, Andy designed sets for school plays and became an expert stockpiler of unfinished art projects After graduating from NYU with a bachelor s degree in English, he dedicated himself to writing fiction The insidious tractor beam of online social networks like this one became the inspiration for UNISON SPARK, a novel about two teens with a secret past fighting the manipulative, all consuming social network of the future.

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  1. This is being marketed as funny and to 14 First up there is NOTHING funny in this book and it s BEYOND inappropriate for a 14 yr old Note to Marketing Team you need to rethink that.Up front I ll tell you I went in with the idea that this being a book from the Disney Group it was going to be a certain kind of book the kind I could safely recommend to the parents I know for their teens and to my local library to consider adding.At this point it has become of one I wouldn t let my teen read until [...]


  2. I received Autonomous from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a review All opinions are my own Honestly, I expected from Autonomous The premise sounds like this could have been a really interesting story with tons of room for either serious discussions, or light hearted fun The problem was that it tried to do both, but with the wrong audience, none of the consequences, and not the right kind of humor If the author had just picked either light hearted humorous book, or serious contempor [...]


  3. This wasn t fun.It should have been Secrets, lies, and an over the top dream car that can take you anywhere and do almost anything.But, oh I found myself stuck on a road trip from hell some young adults I simply didn t like This is less a near future tech thriller than it is a coming of age as our rather unlikeable characters discover truths about each other and themselves Our car becomes a bit of a character itself, which I kind of liked but it turned out that I soon found our car annoying tha [...]


  4. I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.After winning a contest which just about killed him, William has the opportunity to to take an all expenses paid cross country road trip in Autonomous, a luxurious futuristic driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do Better yet, he even gets to take three friends along for the ride For William this will be the perfect last hurrah before he and his friends go their separate ways after high school graduation A [...]


  5. Please note this is a review of the original book that was to be published in November 2017, and some things may have changed in the April 2018 release.Picture a road trip sunny days, hair blowing in the wind, happy times of solid friendship and sing a longs to feel good music Autonomous is not that road trip Instead, Autonomous is an examination of the true nature of humanity, where buried secrets are laid bare and the harsh truths of reality are posed against the speculation of how technology [...]


  6. So many fantastic books have invited the reader to imagine a technology that is in its infancy today, developed to an extreme sometime in the future Andy Marino took on such a technology in his new novel, Autonomous , and built a concept that anyone would love to read.Driverless cars have been rising in popularity and we ve barely scratched the surface of what is possible in the market In his novel, Marino imagines some of those possibilities, creating a luxury super car that can delve deep into [...]


  7. Received an advance reader copy for a fair review what if we don t like what s in our hearts The world was really intriguing and it really seems to get the readers curiosity going I can say that the book had a very modern feel It was amusing in the way that it is relatable to the present modern era.As much as I enjoyed the book, the world building was slightly all over the place at first which ended making me confused on what was going on at first and I really did not know where anything was hea [...]


  8. I couldn t even finish this one, and I generally enjoy this kind of book Self driving cars Cool Buddies on a road trip learning about themselves and each other Cool Those two things together Super cool So the premise was definitely interesting, but the book fell short for me in pretty much every area I didn t find the characters interesting enough to continue reading about, since they completely lacked depth The writing style was, for me, trying too hard to appeal to teens and to be honest, mayb [...]


  9. Marino, Andy Autonomous, 368 pages Freeform Disney , 2018 18 Language R 100 swears, 40 f Mature Content PG 13 teen alcohol and drug use Violence PG 13 fights and danger William has led a sub interesting life up until the day he wins the world s first autonomous car and becomes an instant celebrity For his first voyage, a trip across the country to the Moonshadow Festival in Arizona, he has invited his best friend, Daniel, stud basketball player Melissa, Daniel s social media obsessed girlfriend [...]


  10. 1.5 stars I received an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review Welcome to a little game I like to call is it a book, or is it a disappointment The rules are that in order to deserve the title of book, it has to not suck Let s see how Autonomous holds up.Humor Check I loved the banter between Christina, who is definitely the best character, and William, who is definitely the main character Just don t go in expecting to be laughing constantly, because there are long stretches of bori [...]


  11. I received an advanced reader s copy of Autonomous in exchange for an honest review In some ways, Andy Marino s Autonomous reminds me of Alice Through the Looking Glass if Alice were four teenagers and the mirror, the windshield of a self driving AI powered car of the future In Andy Marino s Autonomous, William, an intelligent but uninspired high school graduate, wins Autonomous, a self driving prototype party vehicle He and his friends, Daniel, Melissa, and Christina, head off on the road trip [...]


  12. So I really, really wanted to like this book I received an ARC earlier this year at a YA festival, and the concept sounded great.But, unfortunately, the execution was far from what I was expecting.Firstly, what caught me off guard was that the dialogue was rampant with a mixture of technobabble and trendy teen slang Technobabble can be fun, but when paragraphs are overrun with terms that most non sciencey people are not going to understand, that can be an issue To add to this, the overuse of mod [...]


  13. Now here s the thing about getting an advanced reader s copy Sometimes, the reviews are not good, such as the reviews for this novel, and now this book is being reworked as it was meant to be published this month, but is now aiming for 2018 Therefore, my review reflects the unrevised book, not the copy that will hit the shelves in a few months First things first, I need to explain something about Autonomous It was marketed as a 14 book and as a funny story Also, when a book comes from Disney, yo [...]


  14. Noteworthy experiences while reading this book This one had a great premise but it just didn t work out It seemed that the book s story plot just didn t know what it wanted to be as a story Check out author s other books or related books No Recommend this book No Notes and Opinions When I first saw this book I thought it was due out in November but now I see that it has been moved to April I really hope that the issues with this book are being corrected I really thought this book was going to be [...]


  15. I did not mean to request this book from NetGalley, it happened by accident, and since I have yet to find a take back request button I received a copy and felt obligated to read it I was ever so glad I did Maybe it s because I had absolutely no expectations from this book that I enjoyed it Here s the thing, for me, this read like a quasi horror story And what does all good horror have Archetypes So yes, the characters were not the best people or the most fleshed out of all characters but they di [...]


  16. I was provided with an ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Marino s book has an interesting premise, the quintessential teen road trip but with a modern twist, a self driving wonder car named Autonomous The concept of the storyline is interesting in itself but the execution lacks some sort of oomph The main character William is sometimes fleshed out and other times one dimensional The other characters are flawed teenagers which is great but it s kind of hard to care or sympa [...]


  17. William wins a contest and gets a self driving car Autonomous can do basically anything you can think of It is the car of the future powered by a ridiculously superior AI William and his three friends take a road trip across the country in Otto the car Along the way secrets are revealed, relationships change and they almost get killed I almost didn t finish this book, but I really wanted to see how it was going to end I am not even sure what the point of the whole thing was Otto learns from his [...]


  18. After winning a contest, William Mackler wins a driverless car, Autonomous and embarks on a road trip of a lifetime with three friends This is than a car, a car who had access to every detail of William s life A machine that know about him than himself I was attracted to this book by the concept A nod to the rise and prevalence of our now ever increasing use of digital media and power of social media Young adults on a journey to find themselves However the book was ruined for me by the very un [...]


  19. I still don t know quite how to feel about this one It was wholly predictable without any real twists or turns and read like it could have been written about the AI that was shut down after it learn to be a complete jerk from the Internet I was saddened that none of the kids in the book came out really changing or learning anything in the end, other than a lot of self discovery That being said, it was compelling enough to finish the book That s about all I can really say other than I won t be re [...]


  20. ARC copy for review.Very much for YA demography with the language, trends and social habits ex liberal mentions of the social media hashtags, the protagonists going to massive music festival etc but felt fleeting because of now trend name dropping, like this story is going to go out of fashion with time Although I did liken the technology involved especially the driver less car tech and very much in the social media age, that kind of technology could be very incorporated with social media intern [...]


  21. I was given an electronic copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review, so here it is I m going to keep this short and sweet I didn t like this book at all The writing was choppy and under descriptive, the characters were bland and forgettable, the target audience will miss a lot of what this book is supposed to convey, once again, NOT DESCRIPTIVE ENOUGH AT ALL, and it was nowhere even close to interesting enough for me Overall, is give this a 25% Not for me at ALL Still, I [...]


  22. Although an interesting premise, Autonomous left me disappointed I was intrigued by the secrets that I expected to be revealed about each character but they proved to be underwhelming since I lacked an emotional investment in the characters I think Autonomous would have had much success as a film It described scenes that I could imagine being visually dynamic but did not carry the same strength or weight in the book Overall, I m giving it two stars for the innovative idea but failure to execute [...]


  23. 3 stars Autonomous the most advanced driverless car in the world It knows what you want to do and where you want to go before you yourself know It links up data about you from your online presence and scrupulous monitoring to predict your desires.And William Mackler, teenage boy and adrenaline junkie, has won the competition to own Autonomous and take himself and three friends on the road trip of a lifetime to see their favorite band before they separate after graduation.But Autonomous isn t eve [...]


  24. This book took me awhile to read and get into it It had a good storyline but I found the characters annoying I couldn t relate with any of them The car was entertaining that s the only aspect I liked.


  25. Well The characters aren t exactly likeable They sort of act as stereotypical jock, geek, popular girl, etc.Cool concept, but I didn t get much of the thriller parts Overall, just OK at best.


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