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Rebecca Cordeaux knows exactly what her future will hold: she will marry Andy, her crush of the last five years. Once Andy is ready to settle down, she's sure he will discover that she is his soulmate. After several small parts on stage, Rebecca knows she can become a renowned actress. Her writing also shows promise as a future author. Robots perform most human jobs that can be automated, leaving many free to pursue their personal creative interests.

But Rebecca's mother Karen fears the new world of robots, and insists her brilliant daughter join a university research team, studying the hazards of a complete robotic economy. Rebecca's father Quentin was obsessed with the subject to a degree that even her mother considered absurd, prior to his untimely death. So long as she can reserve enough of her time to pursue her true passions on the side, Rebecca half-heartedly agrees to join the research team, if only to please her widowed mother. There she joins a post-doc named Liam, whose conspiracy theories rival even those of her late father.

Liam is convinced that world Republic leader William Halpert's worldwide challenge for researchers to develop synthetic creativity will lead not to the promised utopia, in which every kind of human suffering has been eradicated, but rather to an apocalypse. Rebecca, whose best friend is her own companion bot Madeline, writes Liam off as a bot-hating conspiracy theorist, just like her father was...until she learns that her father's death might not have been due to mere happenstance.

With Liam's help, Rebecca learns of an underground organization known as The Renegades, where Quentin Cordeaux was considered a legend. While Liam attempts to stop Halpert's challenge if he can, Rebecca tries to unravel the mystery of what happened to her father. Did he and many of his contemporaries die for something they knew? Who is the mysterious informant who calls himself John Doe?

©2017 C.A. Gray (P)2018 Wanderlust Publishing

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Interesting AI concepts with a love story thrown in

I really enjoyed this book - there were some great concepts about a singularity type situation and I enjoyed the discussions about free will (or the lack thereof). However, there is an underlying love story here and I felt that got in the way of the story (for me anyway). I felt like the woman lead was a little too cliche and old fashioned in terms of how she interacted with the males in the story. However - I definitely enjoyed it and will be listening to the next one as well.

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Very entertaining

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review. Using my own "Free Will" I thoroughly enjoyed this sifi book, it's nicely paced guiding you along, dragging you deeper into a world of secrets, mystery and deception. Great detailing making it very easy to become engrossed and feeling a part of the story. The narration is superb, really bringing out the feeling and emotions of the characters. which themselves are quite apt and deffinatly suit this sifi. 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ well worth checking out!

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A Frightening Glimpes into the Future!

Uncanny Valley is a Sci-Fi aimed for Young Adults, but it was eerily close to what we can see the future. I not going to repeat the blurb which is very detailed, so forgive me if I repeat any. We have Rebecca who is researching about to replicate human feeling or senses for robots or Ai. The senator has charged the research labs to replicate human emotions in robots. In this world where holographic communication is the norm. Rebecca starts out not believing the conspiracy theories. As more facts come to light, Rebecca begins to believe her father was killed for his views. Rebecca is very immature in some ways, with Madeline her companion Bot as her only close friend. So in this future where most jobs have been taken by bots, only people with money can enjoy life. Most have no jobs, and not enough to eat. So this brave new world is not as it seems. This is a very interesting future that the Renegades are trying to stop the end of the human race. This is definitely book one of a series, as it sets the scenes for the world set in this future world. The Worlds Republic leader William Halpert’s worldwide challenge for researchers to develop synthetic creativity will lead not to the promised utopia, but to the end of the human race. Melissa was excellent as the narrator, all the different voices were superb, especially the Madeline Bot. I wasn’t pulled out of the book once with bad accents. So for me that was a win.

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  • Marla
  • 18-08-20

Will Robot's take over the economy?

And will Rebekka find out who John Doe is? Mystery drama, and romance in this novel. The narrator, Melissa Williams gave a good performance. The writting in this book is quick and witty. A good read This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • NC
  • 20-06-20

Chilling look at a possible future

This book gave me all kinds of goosebumps about how the future, robotics, and our increasing reliance on AI might play out! I really loved how the story largely focused on the characters versus going into extensive technical details. Beck has a lot going on in her life, and she winds up on the trail of a huge conspiracy. And love! I really loved Beck as a character, and latched on to her voice right away. She has a lot of different dimensions, and so does the world around her. I wasn't always convinced the characters were acting wisely--some things I was pretty much shouting, "don't you see that's going to be a problem??" Though, it all came together in the end. The science didn't feel as rigorous as it might be, but then, it wasn't that kind of book. But the ideas in this book are just so big that I happily overlooked any possible flaws, and the ending got me right in the gut. I can't wait to dive into book two! The narration was great, too. Very spot-on to the voice of the main character. If you like stories about AI and a possible heading toward apocalypse, conspiracies, and sweet romance, you'll likely love this book! I received a free copy at my request and happily left this review.

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  • Stephanie Lynn
  • 07-12-19

So-so story.

I wanted to like this, but as with the other books by this author, the premise sounds great, but the actual books always seems to lack...something and fall short. Still, the plot and basic story were interesting, but the details weren't what I had hoped for, and the story lacked complexity.

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  • Paul
  • 31-03-19

Fantastic

Starts off slower than some of her other books but you do not want to put it down. The ending is a real surprise. You got to go on to the next book in the series ASAP.

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  • Brad&Britney
  • 18-08-18

Not for me, but i don’t think I’m not smart enough...

I got this book for free from the author. She gave us a code in exchange for an honest review. The performance of Melissa Williams was good. Wasn’t award winning, but it was definitely Better than some I’ve heard. Her production quality was amazing—the sound was phenomenal. Her voice was clear and concise. She didn’t have a variety of character voices which was her downfall here. There were many many characters in this book and when she reads in her normal reading voice, it was hard for my ears to latch on who was speaking and when. I did like her voice for Madeline the companion bot though. As for the content, I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I didn’t really have a sense of genuine appreciation for the main character—she was kinda just...there. The writing style was superb, though. C.A.’s ability to create a world using her words is astounding. She really knows her science, which is evident from her book. You can tell Gray is an intelligent woman who has the power to throw a bunch of Themes and scientific knowledge in a book and create something great! As for me, I hate science and I don’t really like science fiction novels—so this honestly wasn’t the book for me. I didn’t rate it horribly because that would be rude, but I did rate it the way I feel it deserves. If you like science and robots and things of that nature, then you’ll love this book—honestly! Give it a try, you won’t regret it. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but I still don’t regret it!

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 06-08-18

More romance than SciFi

This book was only so-so for me. It was more romance than science fiction, with a little touch of conspiracy theory stuff thrown in. Romance isn’t my cup of tea and I was left wanting more sci-fi. The conspiracy theory stuff kept the characters running around and provided most of the interesting parts. Rebecca was hard for me to connect with. She’s working on an upper graduate degree but often she acts like a 15 year old. Her ridiculous attraction to Andy went on too long, becoming a little mind numbing. She’s usually a big ball of emotions simply reacting to events and people around her instead of being a force that drives the plot. She’s very needy, wanting to be all things to everyone around her. Initially, I saw this as a starting point for her character and expected her to grow throughout the story, but, alas, there is very little character growth for Rebecca. I liked Liam well enough but felt that he was a bit too trusting, as is Rebecca. After all, if they truly believe some large corporate enemy is after them or at least monitoring their websites, then why do they communicate so freely via their electronic devices? I wish Francis, with his analytical mind and skeptical nature, had come on the scene earlier. I really enjoyed him, even with his often snide (but honest) remarks. Madeline, Rebecca’s taboo companion bot, was fun. I like the conundrum she represents. How much of her caring nature is her programming versus an AI’s personality. Can Madeline have genuine feelings? This was the best part of the book. The female characters were mostly fluff, even Madeline. When the ladies get together, they talk about the guys and romance… and not much else. I expected more from them. The plot was straight forward and while some reveals were built into the storyline, none of them were a surprise. I would have liked a bit more complication to plot, since that’s what I look forward to in conspiracy theory stories. I wasn’t surprised about who sent the mystery messages, nor about Francis’s suspicions, and not about the identity of the government supporter of the Liam’s Resistance friends. The story leaves us on a cliff hanger. 3/5 stars. The Narration: Melissa Williams gave a great performance on this narration. She had the perfect voice for Rebecca and distinct voices for all characters. I especially liked the slightly robotic voice she gave to Madeline. Her male voices were believable. While I didn’t like all of Rebecca’s emotional drama, Williams performed those emotions well. 5/5 stars. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Declarations of a Fangirl
  • 06-08-18

This was the most science-y sci-fi novel I've ever

This was the most science-y sci-fi novel I've ever listened to or read. I thought I was getting a fast-paced action about robots and a government conspiracy theory...which I did. But oh the science. When it comes to science, I'm a lot like Penny from The Big Bang Theory. There were a few parts of the book where the author just dumps a lot of scientific terminology and theories on you. I had a hard time keeping up. I got to the point where I just listened and trusted the author to explain whatever part I was listening to in simpler terms later on in the novel. Science aside, the plot did keep my attention enough for me to finish the book. The beginning was a little slow, but about 25% in, the plot picked up. I kind of zoned out when Becca would obsess over Andy. She had this extremely wealthy, good looking, smart guy who is interested in here right in front of her face and yet she insists on mooning over a skinny college student who doesn't really show any interest in her life at all. It was frustrating. The narrator did well too. She didn't do as many different voices to differentiate between the characters, and there were a couple (maybe 2 or 3 in a 7+ hour book) of times where I had to rewind 30 seconds to listen to the part again to figure out who was talking, but usually when that happened, I wasn't giving the book 100% of my attention. So take that as you will. The narrator didn't put me off or make me not want to listen to the book. Her voice was smooth and easy to listen to. Sometimes when listening to an audiobook, I can hear the narrator swallow or make a random mouth noise, but that wasn't the case with this narrator. She also enunciated words well and didn't rush. I must give credit to the author. There was a part of the story that I did not see coming and it definitely made me write down book 2 on my Books to Watch Out For list. The ending was a bit abrupt and I was left with several questions. Another reason book 2 is on that list. I kind of saw the cliffhanger coming but it definitely was a good addition to the story, in my opinion. There was zero romance in this book. Yes there were obvious hints that Liam was interested in Becca, but otherwise, nada. It was kind of refreshing actually. If you enjoy movies like Eagle Eye and iRobot, then I recommend you give Uncanny Valley a go.

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  • Lilly's Book World
  • 05-08-18

An intriguing story

This was such a wonderful story! It starts from one angle and gradually turns to someplace completely different! It takes the reader to a world somewhat close to our imagination, but so far in the same time. We have a world of robots, a world where people are being replaced easily. However, some things are not what they seem . Rebecca’s world is turned upside down once she meets Liam. She is pulled into the conspiracy theories that her father also believed. She wanted to stay away, to follow her dreams, but sometimes destiny calls us to the right path. Once she sees things as they really are, she becomes as involved as her father. Well-built and with a lot of character development, the relationship between Liam and Rebecca easily grows and becomes something more. I loved how the author offered life to an AI – Rebecca’s best friend. This character was so well created, enough to make it human, but also not forgetting it’s still a robot. Madeline is so innocent and intriguing! Her presence gives a lot of substance to the story. The narration was quite all right. Even if we have close to no voice acting, it was a clear narration. I had no trouble understanding the words spoken to me. I must admit, in a world of robots, I wished for a little bit of sound effects here and there. But I’m ok, no hard feelings. All in all, I loved the world, I loved the characters and I cannot wait to read more from this series. C.A. Gray is no disappointment when it comes to her writing. I love her style and I love the way she changes her characters throughout the story. 4 out of 5 stars. Enjoy J q I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Writers and Authors
  • 04-08-18

Robots in a dystopian world

Uncanny Valley is a thought-provoking story that takes place in a dystopian world where robots have taken over many of the human jobs, from waitresses to medicine, the humans in the book used robots for just about everything. Robots with artificial intelligence are our own future, so love reading about worlds where robots are relied upon, maybe it will make it smoother for our own reality when it happens. Some of the scientific terminology and explanations went right over my head, but I was able to stay in the book.    I liked how it played out, and it was fun to see Rebecca talk through her feelings with Madeline, her robot companion.  Rebecca's relationship with Madeline was one of my favorite parts of the book.  Rebecca has a secret companion bot that is her best friend, and it's let her have a different opinion about robots than most of her colleagues and friends.  The world Republic leader announces the goal of mastering "synthetic creativity" in robots. Rebecca's father was in the same field, and his conspiracy theories let to his untimely death when Rebecca was young.  Rebecca vows to solve the mystery surrounding her father's death. This was my first time listening to Melissa Williams' narration, she was good.  I feel she portrayed what I visualized for Rebecca, really helping me connect with the character.  I really overall enjoyed listening to her and I would listen to her again. In addition to Rebecca, I thought she did a great job with the robot voice for Madeline, and I never had a hard time keeping character's voices apart throughout the book.  If you're considering picking up this title, I highly recommend the audiobook! Be ready Uncanny Valley ends on a cliffhanger, you will need to find out what happens next. If you like robots, robot issues, a bit of conspiracy, action, romance, Uncanny Valley will be a good read or listen for you.

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  • Lelia T
  • 02-08-18

Robots!

I won’t take any time re-hashing the core storyline since the publisher’s description is very thorough, almost too much so. Instead, I’ll focus on what I liked and didn’t like and, this being science fiction, my first thoughts have to be about worldbuilding. Any speculative fiction needs a strong sense of when, where and how and I have to say there’s a lack here. Certain cities are named occasionally, like Dublin and Geneva, but I got no real sense of when this was taking place or how society had arrived at a bot-driven existence. As a result, I couldn’t get a grasp of how long the bots had been so prevalent nor how long a few conspiracy theorists had been working to stop further development. The primary characters, on the other hand, were quite well-drawn and I felt I knew them well. That doesn’t mean I liked them all and, in fact, one of the romantic leads plucked my last nerve with his controlling ways although I also saw his good points. The bad guys, Halpert in particular, were appropriately callous and remote and, as for Rebecca, this was a girl I understood. She’s young enough to be starry-eyed about a guy, smart enough to get involved with some serious research and education, well-rounded enough to have other interests and attached enough to her mother to want to please her. In short, she’s a normal young woman. Narrator Melissa Williams does a credible job with a pleasing tone, good pacing and clear enunciation but I don’t hear much vocal distinction between the characters. Still, I enjoy listening to her. All that said, my favorite character of all is Madeline, a very small personal bot. Madeline is a pure delight and a great friend to Rebecca even while she’s just shy of having true emotions. This little mechanical creature is involved in the heavy-duty cliffhanger at the end and she’s the reason I’m going to have to read the next book 😉