FICTION

Autonomous

368p. Freeform. Apr. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781484773901.
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Gr 10 Up—Autonomous, a luxurious self-driving car, is the new craze of the automobile industry and one of the firsts of its kind. This car will learn everything about the owner, from their dreams to their darkest secrets before they can buckle their seat belt. Autonomous will take them exactly where they want to go, or where it thinks they should go. William Mackler, a senior graduating high school, is the lucky winner of the Driverless Derby. After spending countless hours standing with his hand glued to Autonomous, William wins the "all-expense-paid cross-country road trip" and he can take three of his friends before they all part ways. Set in current time, this work is written using the trends and social media of today, making it easy to understand through the dialogue of the characters. There is strong language implemented throughout, sex and drugs used as coping mechanisms, as well as mentions of suicide. Four kids and a driverless car are off to work out some deep issues and confront their secrets, so be prepared for the ride. Autonomous truly acts independently of its owner; the car is in control and takes William on the thrill ride of his life.
VERDICT A unique addition to any science fiction collection.

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