I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Adam gave up everything for a new chance at life. Now with a cutting-edge digital mind, he is smarter, faster, better than a normal teen. Except Adam is anything but invincible. He's indebted to the government program that gave him this ability-and freedom comes at a price. Adam and his teammates, the six Pioneers, swore to defend humanity against Sigma, the most ruthless artificial intelligence program ever designed. The Pioneers are all that stand between the AI and world domination. But Sigma has an advantage. It has learned about human weakness, and its new weapon? Betrayal. In this war between good and evil, the battle lines have been drawn...but someone is about to switch sides.
This book is kind of hard to review. I am still not sure how I feel about the characters because, well, they're robots. They don't feel things the way most people do and yet, they do. Because all of their memories were implanted in the machines, they are like a weird hybrid of robot and human. This was so hard to get used to. I didn't really get the romance thing between Adam and Shannon. How can robots even have a relationship? That part was so weird and honestly, I would have liked that part to be explored a little bit more. Shannon does get upset at something Adam does pretty early on and she ends things with him. I wish more of the book would have been spent on exploring that relationship and what it means.
But I get why a lot of time couldn't be spent on romance . . . the Pioneers were still trying to destroy Sigma and there is a traitor in their midst. I did find that part of the storyline a little predictable. Maybe it was because suspicion was deliberately thrown towards someone else, but I figured out who it was. In the last book, I thought the battle scenes with Sigma were so intense. This time, I was actually a little bored. It was hard to follow sometimes and it just didn't seem as action packed. Actually, the pacing of this book was a little on the slow side anyway. The final battle at the end was a bit anticlimactic. I just wasn't excited by it. There was a twist at the end that I did not see coming. I am interested to see how this series ends.
Buy/Borrow/Skip: If you enjoyed the first book in this series, you will enjoy this one too. It's not my favorite series, but it is still very entertaining. I would say you should borrow this one.