The Automatic Detective Book Summary and Study Guide

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Mack Megaton is just a robot trying to get by. But even in Empire City, where weird science is the hope for a greater tomorrow that can be a difficult prospect. Easily able to crush a tank, this reformed death machine, designed by his mad scientist creator for world domination, is just looking to get by and fit in. Maybe even get off probation and earn his citizenship from the Learned Council. But some sentient 'bots just can't catch a break.
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When the Bleakers, a kindly family next-door, are kidnapped, Mack steps out of his indestructible shell and begins a journey to find them among the futuristic skyscrapers and gritty back alleys of Empire City. Along the way, he meets a number of friends and foes, including a Jung, a talking gorilla, Lucia Napier, a brainy dame with a thing for robots and technology, Det. Alfredo Sanchez, a rabbit-sized police officer and a number of unsavory mutant lowlifes. As Mack digs deeper into the mystery of the missing family, the more he discovers about himself. His cybernetic psychologist will be very proud of his progress, if the trouble he uncovers doesn't get him wrecked in the process. As his quest expands to meet with a little green mob boss who seems to be running the town from the shadows, Mack stumbles upon a secret conspiracy that threatens the very future of Empire City and every life form that calls her home.
Best part of story, including ending: This story takes the detective genre and turns it on its automatic audio sensor.

Best scene in story: Mack Megaton finds a wealthy benefactor and is then dressed for success as a classic detective. As much as a 7 foot tall, half ton robot can look like a detective...

Opinion about the main character: How being pushed from his comfort zone make him a better machine, possibly good enough to earn the citizenship he desires.

The review of this Book prepared by David Reyne a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   robot detective Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Robot Profession/status:    -   bounty hunter Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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