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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Book: In The Lives Of Puppets

 Book: In The Lives of Puppets

Author: TJ Klune

Pages: 432

This is my 39th read for the year

This is the story of Victor Lawson and his makeshift family.  The story his father, Gio, always told him is that one day someone brought him to to their home in the trees, and said "please take care of our little boy".  And Gio - an inventor andriod - raised him as his own.  In their makeshift family is a nurse machine (Nurse Rachet) with a sadistic side, and a tiny little sweet robot vacuum named Rambo.  They are hidden from danger until one day Victor finds a robot in the scrap yard that still seems to have some power.  Victor brings the robot back to their hideaway, and sets to working on him, calling him "Hap".  When Gio finds out, he worries that this machine that looks very familiar to him will alert robots from Gio's former life to their whereabouts.

When the unthinkable happens, Victor will stop at nothing to get his father back with them safely.  He, Hap, Nurse Rachet, and Rambo setout for the City of Electric Dreams to find Gio, and discover a dark secrety that changes Victor's life forever.

This was a great book.  I am a  huge TJ Klune fan - he is a superb writer.  I was so excited about this book to be released and it did not disappoint.  My favorite characters are the Nurse and Rambo - they are laugh out loud funny almost the enitre book.  The story moves at a good pace, and it has a satisfying ending.  The secret of the book is not hard to figure out, but it doesn't distract from the wonderful story telling that Klune is a master of.

I would almost say his books border on almost too sweet in some places, but it is never enough to deter me from wanting to read everything this man writes.  

Stars: 5 

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