Book Review by El: To Terminator, With Love, by Wes Kennedy

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To Terminator, With Love, by Wes Kennedy
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: April 27, 2016

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4-of-5

summary

kennedy-terminator-with-loveDexter Wu’s life is hectic, but he’s managing—mostly. He’s on the verge of finishing grad school, and that means putting the final touches on his number one project: HAL, a social robot and children’s storytelling companion. But his best friend is leaving the country for good, his birthday’s coming up, he’s swamped with studying for finals, and he hasn’t slept in days.

He’s also going to destroy the world.

At least, his robot is, according to the possibly untrustworthy Agency, an organization whose mission is to protect the world at all costs. After his birthday party turns into a fight for his life, Dexter’s simple life of fast food and Netflix binges is replaced by a glitchy oracle, the world’s douchiest secret agents, and an ever-increasing chain of conspiracies.

With the help of Andre, a mysterious and disenchanted young agent turned rogue, Dexter sets out to plead his case to the Director in an effort to get his life back to what counts as normal—but he should know by now nothing is ever so easy.

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M/M Pairing
Gay Character
Asexual (Biromantic) Character
Science Fiction
Humor
Novella
College/University

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There were three things that had me chomping at the bit to dive into this novel:

  • several authors that I respect were raving about the book;
  • the blurb sounded absolutely amazing;
  • and (be still my heart) the main character is asexual.

And this book absolutely lived up to all of my hopes and expectations! I laughed. I sat on the edge of my seat. I laughed some more. I had lots of delighted Captain America moments. I nerded out with an awesome ace main character and his kickass secret agent protector, and had a blast reading it.

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I love books that are geeky, and this book pulls on all of my favorite science fiction tropes to create a super fun novella that combined action and comedy with characters that I could actually relate to! Dex may be a genius, but he’s definitely just a normal guy, and I can really appreciate that.

Andre’s eye twitched in annoyance. “Can you go one second without making a sarcastic comment?”

“Absolutely not.”

This is a novella that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I can really appreciate that. I read to escape, and this novel was so much fun.

BUT. Okay, you know me and novellas. They always leave me wanting more. I struggle with shorter stories because I often feel like there’s something I’m missing out on. With this novel, it’s Dex’s “relationship” with his robot. The robot is at the heart of the struggle, but I felt like more interaction between Dex and his creation would have really benefited the story.

And on a personal note, I really appreciate the way the asexuality was portrayed here, and the way it affected Dex’s relationship with Andre.

Highly recommended read, and one that any geek would definitely love!

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Wes Kennedy (aka Brooklyn Wallace) is a queer fiction author and starving graduate student from the great state of Texas. She loves libraries, hot wings, Pepsi, Blaxploitation, and comics. An anxious perpetual sleeper with a penchant for self-deprecating humor, Wes has a soft spot for writing comedies, forbidden love, and nerdy queers. When not writing, she enjoys touring various anime and sci-fi conventions across Texas, reading and writing fanfiction, yelling about sports, and watching TV shows religiously.

You can find Wes on her website at http://theweskennedy.weebly.com/, or on Twitter or Goodreads!

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4 thoughts on “Book Review by El: To Terminator, With Love, by Wes Kennedy

  1. I struggle with shorter stories because I often feel like there’s something I’m missing out on.

    It’s funny because it wasn’t until I got to the part of your review, El, where you mentioned that this is a novella and my first reaction was “hmmm”. I’m not in the habit of reading shorter fiction (it’s a matter of reading preference and not a reflection on the quality of a work being dependent on its length).

    However, something about this book caught my attention. And then, someone on Twitter gave it another good rec so I ended up caving in and buying a copy to read sometime this weekend. There’s are a few things that pinged me in an unexpected way.

    In other words, this was a fabulous review. 🙂

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  2. Pingback: Reference Post: 2016 Releases with Asexual Characters | Just Love: Romance Novel Reviews

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