In this “zippy, exciting story that explores the notions of good and evil,” (BCCB) seventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him.
There once was a boy who was made, not created.
In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.
His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.
An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.
Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination.
He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.
To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.
Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.
In his debut, recording artist Simon Curtis has written a fast-paced, high-stakes novel that explores humanity, the ultimate power of empathy, and the greatest battle of all: love vs. fear.
About the Author
Simon Curtis was born in Michigan and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was diagnosed with leukemia at age ten and began performing in musical theater and opera that same year. He was the happiest bald, chemotherapy-addled cancer patient ever seen on the stage. At eighteen, he moved to Los Angeles. After various roles on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, Simon left acting to pursue music, releasing his first album, 8bit Heart, as a free download, followed by his second album, RA, which landed at number twenty on Billboard’s Dance & Electronic Albums chart. Simon continues to write and release music as an independent recording artist. Above all else, he strives to inspire hope in young people.
"Simon Curtis’s first novel is infused with intelligence and empathy. Boy Robot is a propulsive, action-packed tale that explores what it means to be human.” — Ernest Cline, bestselling author of Ready Player One and Armada
"A fascinating premise and plenty of action." — Kirkus Reviews
"Curtis capably shapes an energetic story." — Booklist Online
"A zippy, exciting story that explores notions of good and evil (the Robots are battling with this in themselves, and in association with the larger society), and what it means to be human (and who gets to define the parameters of humanity), topics that will certainly keep teens, even those who don’t know Curtis’ celebrity status, engaged." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books