Adam-2 by Alastair Chisholm

Adam-2 by Alastair Chisholm

It’s a new world … how can he save it? Terminator with a twist!

The robot Adam-2 has been locked in the basement of a lost building for over 200 years. When he is discovered by two children and emerges into a world where humans and robots are at war, he discovers that he alone holds the key to destroying one side or saving the other.

But which side is right?

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Sai M
November 12, 2021 11:27 am

i enjoyed Adam 2 because of the way Alaister Chisholm wrote the book as he wrote so that Adam had a strong relationship with the robots and the humans which created quite some suspense in the story on which side he would obliterate and which side he would favour.

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KEGS
Alastair
December 13, 2021 8:01 am
Reply to  Sai M

Hi Sai, glad you enjoyed it! It was interesting writing both ‘sides’, and trying to think what they thought about their enemies, cheers, Alastair

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Armaan.M
November 16, 2021 6:02 pm

Adam-2. A wonderful book with multiple twists and turns that almost enchant you to read on. The differences between robots and humans show how each is good and evil in its own way. Adam eventually finds that he is the only one who can end the 200 year raging war for good but can he create eternal peace or will one side victor over the other. I encourage all to the read the book and find out for yourself. 

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Alastair
December 13, 2021 8:02 am
Reply to  Armaan.M

Hi Armaan, thanks for the review! I’m glad you enjoyed the twists 🙂 cheers, Alastair

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Shravanpragash
November 16, 2021 8:07 pm

A book set in the future… Have you have ever wanted to become engulfed in a book of science fiction; thrilling tension; and worrying uncertainty? Well, here is your book. Adam-2 is a volume about the future conundrum of the long war against technology and man. It shows us the experiences of three main heroes who fought to stop the destruction of both human and AI but the question of this is will they succeed. To find out you have to read this book’s unexpected twists, turns and flips. My ratings for this book is 5 stars and I hope many will say this too. Just read and find out what awaits beyond that enticing cover.

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King Edwards VI Grammar School (Chelmsford)
Alastair
December 13, 2021 8:04 am
Reply to  Shravanpragash

Hi Shravanpragash! 5 stars, thank you! I loved writing this book and seeing how Adam sees the world, so I’m glad you enjoyed it, too!

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Mrs Wheater
November 17, 2021 1:38 pm

I was hooked on this from the opening scene in the basement to the very end and enjoyed every twist and turn along the way, I loved the futuristic but recognisably Edinburgh backdrop and the central character is unique and increasingly likeable as the story unfolds. A page turning adventure and a thought provoking read about identity and who we really are and the good and bad on all sides. A great example of a book I may not have read if it wasn’t for these awards. Highly recommend this.

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St Cedd's School
Alastair
December 13, 2021 8:08 am
Reply to  Mrs Wheater

Hi Mrs Wheater,

I’m so glad you enjoyed this, thank you! Science fiction has gone a bit out of fashion since I was a boy (possibly due to the arrival of a certain spectacle-wearing wizard child!), but I think it’s a great genre for exploring who we are as people. And I loved setting the book in Edinburgh, and wandering around my own streets 🙂

cheers,
Alastair

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Mr Parsons
January 6, 2022 12:08 pm

I did not like the first chapter. I wanted to know how Adam got his breakfast and what he did with the used dishes; but I knew from the blurb that Adam had survived for 200 years and I was expecting problems.
 
After Chapter 1 the story is fantastic and I did not want to put it down. The adventure is good and the points of view of the different sides are clearly explained. I thought Adam was faced with an impossible choice. What would he do?
 
The end was a little rushed – I would happily have spent a week or more of my Christmas holiday with Adam and his friends, rather than just two days. The adventure could easily be extended to make a tv series or a film. It is so good, I think it probably will be.

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Hockerill Anglo-European College
Alastair
January 20, 2022 7:56 am
Reply to  Mr Parsons

Hi Mr Parsons,

Ah, the breakfast plates! The idea was that he just laid the table with no food and then pretended to eat, but I never really made that clear…

Glad you liked the rest of it though! I’d love to come back to Adam’s world again one day and find out what happened next – and maybe learn a bit more about the other robots. And I would LOVE to make a tv series from it!

All the best, Alastair

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Abigail
January 12, 2022 2:40 pm

This was my first Juniper Book award. This futuristic book hooked me in straight away. I’d like to say I really LOVED this book.Well Done

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St Cedd's School
Alastair
January 20, 2022 8:34 am
Reply to  Abigail

Dear Abigail,

Thank you so much! I’m really glad you liked it 😊

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Beau
January 15, 2022 2:58 pm

I enjoyed Adam-2 because he made good friends the robots and how as I read I started to feel engaged with the book and started about what was going to happen to Adam. This book made me feel excited about what would happen in the future . I hope to read other books by Alastair Chisholm. 😀

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New hall school Chelmsford
Alastair
January 20, 2022 7:59 am
Reply to  Beau

Dear Beau,

Thank you – I’m glad you enjoyed it! I loved writing the character of Adam because he’s so friendly, and just assumes that everyone can be friends if they try. And I hope you get a chance to read more of my books, or others – there’s lots of great science fiction out there!

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Liam
January 16, 2022 5:38 pm

At first, I believed this book was just going to be another post-apocalyptic machine vs man story, and was not very invested in it, but as I got further and further into the book, I was pleasantly surprised to realise that the lines between right and wrong were immensely blurred which made for quite a compelling read. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the genre but is tired of reading the same story repeatedly again and again.  

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Davenant Foundation School
Alastair
January 20, 2022 8:00 am
Reply to  Liam

Hi Liam,

I’m glad I managed to surprise you! For me, this was the point of the book – that the “evil others” on the other side of a conflict are quite often people just like us, who have their own ideas and think that they’re the good ones. I’m glad you liked it!

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Naimah
January 24, 2022 6:56 pm

I loved the drama in this book; first when Adam was found, then when he threatened life itself between the machines and the humans. I don’t have anything bad to say in this book, except that if you get scared easily, then the bloody, sad parts might give you nightmares. I don’t think that the humans or the funks should have manipulated Adam. He should make his own decision. Also, will they ever find Adam’s creator?

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Newhall
Alastair
January 25, 2022 8:53 pm
Reply to  Naimah

Hi Naimah, glad you enjoyed it! I hope the scary bits aren’t *too* bad, but I did want to make them exciting 🙂 I think you’re quite right about the humans and funks, but I guess that’s what people do sometimes – they assume their point of view is the only ‘right’ one. And will they ever find Adam’s creator? I don’t know! I’d love to find out about him, and about some of the other Adams, maybe…!

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Deanna
January 27, 2022 5:25 pm

It wasn’t really my type of book but it was really good at the start but then it didn’t really like it.

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Newhall school
Alastair
January 30, 2022 5:03 pm
Reply to  Deanna

Hi Deanna, that’s OK, you don’t have to love every book you read. In fact, a famous author named Doris Lessing once said that you should put down books you don’t like and keep looking ones you do. I hope you find something you enjoy – maybe one of the others on the shortlist? Keep looking, and good luck!

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alfie
January 27, 2022 5:28 pm

How old is Adam and why is he so gullible ?

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newhall school prep
alfie
January 27, 2022 5:33 pm

I enjoyed Adam 2 because he is trying to stop a war and because it’s based Dublin Ireland

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alfie
January 27, 2022 5:41 pm

why is Adam so foolish?

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newhall school prep
Alastair
January 30, 2022 5:09 pm
Reply to  alfie

Hi Alfie,

Glad you’re enjoying Adam 2, although in fact it’s set in my own city, Edinburgh, Scotland, not Dublin! You asked how old Adam is – he’s about 250 years old, but he’s spent 243 of them in the basement. And you asked why Adam is so gullible, even foolish… Well, I didn’t think of him that way. But he’s spent all his time thinking how to be human, and he’s been told that good humans are friendly, generous, helpful and kind. So that’s what he tries to be, and what he expects everyone else to be. Of course, sometimes, humans aren’t like that *at all* – but it takes him a while to realise that…

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Ambika
January 28, 2022 7:30 pm

I enjoyed this very intriguing novel, since at the start you cannot put the book down with the urge of wanting to know who and what Adam-2 actually is when Linden talks about the fake parts of his body. I now understand/assume that Mr Chisholm used the name Adam since Adam and Eve were the first humans on Earth. Also, I love the unexpected twist when he finds that he wasn’t getting a Suture Kit for the Funks, but neither was he setting up Midnight for peace.

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Alastair
February 2, 2022 8:53 am
Reply to  Ambika

Hi Ambika,

Thanks for your comments – I’m glad you enjoyed it! I had fun adding all the twists, so I’m glad you liked them 🙂 Actually, originally Adam’s name was Andrew (like ‘android’). But my publishers spoke to lots of readers and thought that ‘Adam’ might work better – like you say, there’s the nice link to ‘Adam and Eve’. I wasn’t sure to begin with, but now I really like it. What do you think?

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Ambika
February 2, 2022 2:33 pm
Reply to  Alastair

I actually think that Adam and Andrew are equally good and effective names, but either way, no one would know unless they really looked into it and everything. Thanks for the reply!

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St Cedd's School
Henil
February 6, 2022 1:04 pm

Great book by Alistair Chrisholm. I loved how the robots and humans were 2 really strong sides, each having their on motive for destroying the other side. It left me thinking, could this actually happen!

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King Edwards VI Grammar School (KEGS)
Alastair Chisholm
February 8, 2022 7:55 am
Reply to  Henil

Hi Henil,

Glad you enjoyed it! Here’s hoping it doesn’t happen – perhaps we’d better be nice to our robots 🙂

cheers, Alastair

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Deanna
February 8, 2022 5:44 pm

Hello Alastair this is Deanna again I read your Orion Lost when Beth and her friends try to navigate the treacherous and I read the rest of Adam-2 and I love it. It was amazing sometimes you got to read the book before you judge the book if you don’t like it or not you have to read the whole book so I really appreciate you making this book and I’ve even got my own at home so my older sister is reading it now and she said she is really enjoying Adam-2.

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Newhall school
Alastair Chisholm
February 9, 2022 8:53 pm
Reply to  Deanna

Hi Deanna! That’s fantastic, I’m so glad you enjoyed it in the end – thanks for letting me know! I hope your older sister enjoys it too 🙂

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Holly
February 23, 2022 9:49 am

I really enjoyed reading Adam-2 and discovering the secrets of the past. I found it very interesting how there was different sides to the story. I loved seeing the characters develop and change how they feel towards others and create bonds with other characters. Overall, I think this is a great book with a lot of twists and secrets that are just waiting to be revealed.

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St cleres
Alastair Chisholm
February 24, 2022 5:26 pm
Reply to  Holly

Hi Holly!

I’m so glad you enjoyed Adam-2, and especially that you liked how there were ‘different sides’ to the story. That was one of the main things I really wanted to talk about in the book – the way that history can seem so clear from one point of view, but so different from another. Thanks for your feedback!

Cheers, Alastair

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Dominic
February 24, 2022 5:22 pm

I enjoyed your book so much I thought it was full of adventure I loved it a lot , thanks for publishing it.

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Newhall
Alastair Chisholm
February 25, 2022 8:34 am
Reply to  Dominic

Hi Dominic, thanks for your feedback! I’m so glad you enjoyed it – I had great fun thinking up all the adventures that little robot would have. I think my favourite action scene was the one in the Trial, agains the giant Clunker! cheers, Alastair

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Maeve
February 24, 2022 5:29 pm

I loved this book! My favourite part was when Adam suddenly threatened to release the virus and Midnight! I loved the end Adam had just found a kit to heal Runa ! You could write another one about Linden and Runa’s children about how they go out the forest .

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New hall prep
Alastair Chisholm
February 25, 2022 8:37 am
Reply to  Maeve

Hi Maeve,
Thanks for getting in touch! Yes, that was one of my favourite scenes in the book, too – mostly because I loved how Linden changed over the book, and how in the end ze supported Adam when he needed it. I love your idea for a sequel – I hadn’t thought of making it about Linden and Runa’s children, what a great story that could be! What would they find in the forest, do you think?
cheers, Alastair

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Ms Adams
February 24, 2022 6:29 pm

I really enjoyed Adam 2, and I say this as someone who avoids science-fiction stories like the plague! I immediately connected with Adam as I would with another person, and had to keep reminding myself that he was a robot! There were so many layers to the story and it kept my interest throughout. Reading Adam 2 made me reflect on how we currently use technology and the dangers that are potentially waiting for us in the future!!! I loved the tensions between Robots and Humans and was very upset when I thought Runa was going to die! A great read and one I will recommend to all students, even those that say they don’t like science fiction!

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New Hall School Prep Librarian
Alastair Chisholm
March 2, 2022 8:11 pm
Reply to  Ms Adams

Hi Ms Adams,

Thanks for your review – I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I love it when I read reviews in the form “I don’t like science-fiction, but…” 😊. Adam rather wrote himself – as each scene arrived, I could just feel how he was going to react. I’m very glad he managed to save the day!

cheers, Alastair

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Daniel
March 3, 2022 8:40 am

Unpredictable, well-written and so engaging that I was rather sleep-deprived the week I read it.

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St Albans School
Alastair Chisholm
March 3, 2022 7:09 pm
Reply to  Daniel

Hi Daniel, I’m so sorry for making you lose sleep 😄. Glad you enjoyed it!

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Ahadu
March 7, 2022 2:56 pm

The place where the story is set is all it took to have me glued to it. Adam 2 was so funny when he tried to act human and his intelligence in the pit still amazes me now! The ending was heart-warming and I was so happy that there was finally peace.

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Wilbury
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 7:12 am
Reply to  Ahadu

Hi Ahadu, I’m glad you liked it! I loved setting the book in Edinburgh, my home city, and thinking about all the things that would have changed, and I loved writing Adam’s character – he’s such an optimistic person, I had great fun thinking about how he would react to all the others! cheers, Alastair

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Ruby
March 7, 2022 3:01 pm

I liked how Alastair made the book so Adam had a connection with the robots and the humans. I also enjoyed the many twist and turns that the book took! But I don’t think this book is for me but I definitely enjoyed reading it.

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Wilbury primary school
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 7:14 am
Reply to  Ruby

Hi Ruby, Thanks for your review. It’s OK if you didn’t think the book was quite for you – there are some brilliant other options on the shortlist, so I hope you find one you love! 😊 cheers, Alastair

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Benyamin
March 7, 2022 3:05 pm

I really enjoyed this book. It was amazing when he was found in the basement and had to pick a side. When the robots caught him I realised they would show him their side of the story. Overall, I really enjoyed it. Also Linden being non-binary was a nice detail.

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Wilbury primary school
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 7:19 am
Reply to  Benyamin

Hi Beyamin, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I really wanted to make a story where you felt you knew who the “good guys” and “bad guys” were, and then had to think again. I really liked writing Linden’s character, too, but mostly because I liked how ze started very hostile and then gradually came to realise that even though Adam was a robot, it didn’t stop him being a real person. Cheers, Alastair

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Daniel
March 7, 2022 3:15 pm

I love Adam-2 because I like how he is great friends with the robot and as you read on you really feel like your engaged into the lovely storyline.In the future would you ever think about doing a picture book like this? Because I think plenty of people would read something like that!

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Wilbury Primary School
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 7:21 am
Reply to  Daniel

Hi Daniel, Thanks for your nice comments, and what a great idea! I like picture books, and I *love* comics and graphic novels. I’d love to write a graphic novel version of Adam-2! In fact, when I write, I quite often try to think what the scenes and characters would look like if they were in a comic or a film 😊. Cheers, Alastair

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Arav
March 7, 2022 3:20 pm

This book is amazing! I have no idea how you wrote such an amazing book, creating such evil robots and suffering humans you must have such a imaginative mind. I love how you bought some sexualities from lgbtq to the book, my rating for this book would be 11/10!

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Wilbury primary school
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 7:24 am
Reply to  Arav

Hi Arav, wow! Thank you so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I had fun with the “evil robots”, but I also wanted to show that they didn’t *think* they were evil – they were suffering, too, and thought it was the humans’ fault, just like the humans (who wanted to destroy all the robots), thought it was the robots’ fault… Cheers, Alastair

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Emily
March 7, 2022 3:23 pm

I enjoyed Adam-2 because the way that Alastair Chisholm wrote both sides was really nice because you could understand what each character thought about each situation from their point of view. Also not many books have a strong relationship between robots and humans so it was really good to see that. Finally what I liked most was that in the book Alastair Chisholm wrote about LGBTQ’s without making a big deal out of it.

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Wilbury primary school
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 7:30 am
Reply to  Emily

Hi Emily, I’m glad you enjoyed Adam-2! That’s exactly what I wanted to do in the book – show you how two people could see the same scene completely differently. Both sides think they are the “good” side and that it’s the others to blame. I wanted to show how you could make things better by making yourself understand what others are feeling. And I’m glad you liked how I approached Linden’s character 😊, cheers, Alastair

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Uchenna
March 7, 2022 3:24 pm

Full of adventures and plot twists. Adam carried great responsibility on his shoulders. Either a side of evil or a side for greater good which side will he favour and which side will he obliterate? Great tension throughout the story 9.4/10 Loved Reading This Well Done!!

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Wilbury Primary School
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 7:32 am
Reply to  Uchenna

Hi Uchenna, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tension through the book. Although I wanted to say some things about how we see other people, I also wanted to make sure it was an exciting read! cheers, Alastair

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Diego
March 7, 2022 3:25 pm

Alastair Chisholm don’t even get me started on this book.
Book of the decade.
I loved the thrills and chills of the book and was massively in love with it!
The characters were awesome and all had a massive role in the story.
It was a rollercoaster ride full of emotions with me shouting in my head “Don’t do this! He’s evil! Don’t go there!” and soon I realised I wasn’t shouting in my head! I will give this a solid 9.5/10
Keep up the good work Alastair Chisholm 👏👏👏👍👍👍

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Wilbury Primary School
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 7:34 am
Reply to  Diego

Hi Diego, Wow! Thank you so much! I’m really pleased you enjoyed it; I had a lot of fun thinking about how the characters would play out, and how to make the scenes exciting, so I’m glad they worked for you 😊. Cheers, Alastair

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Rielle
March 7, 2022 3:33 pm

This book was very interesting, I never really read books with robots in it so I wasn’t really interested in the first chapter but when I read on I loved it. My favourite character in the book was Linden because I could understand why she didn’t like Adam-2 at first but when they became closer she felt more comfortable being around him. I rate this book a 8/10.

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Wilbury Primary School
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 7:37 am
Reply to  Rielle

Hi Rielle, I’m very glad you kept reading! I think it can be difficult to pick up a book on something you don’t normally read, so well done for trying something out of your “comfort zone”. I like a lot of characters in the book, but Linden’s character was the trickiest to write, as ze has to go from really hating Adam at first, to then thinking of him as just a machine, and finally realising that he was a person – so I’m glad you liked hir 😊 Cheers, Alastair

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Khadijah O
March 8, 2022 10:58 am

Adam 2 is a book inspired by the life of a robot who has lived in a basement for two hundred years. Until he is discovered by two humans named Runa and Linden, currently in the war between human and funks. He’s led into the outside world for the first time in a long time finding out that the world has been totally wiped out by war. After finally getting along with the humans, he is captured by the other side, uncovering some secrets. He discovers that he is the key to ending the war. Disorientated by this he is led to decide between humans and funks. Which side will he choose? 
 
I really like this book as it gives you both perspectives of two of the biggest problems that are held high by society. It also explores the different characteristics of humans, revealing a corrupt society. On the other hand, technology has created machines like the funks which ended up rebelling in the end. Yet Adam has the best of both worlds, he is neither human but is a more advanced version of the funks.   
The cover of Adam 2 displays a Sci-Fi background, with appealing hot colours which makes it stand out. Where we can see a picture of a robot standing amongst a cliff. Which conveys imagery, making you think why he’s there. 

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Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 7:40 am
Reply to  Khadijah O

Hi Khadijah, Thanks for this great review – and I think that’s an excellent description of the plot, so well done! I really wanted to make a book about the two sides, and how we need empathy and fairness to solve these situations. And I’m glad you liked the cover, too! It’s by an artist named Dan Mumford – he designs all my sci-fi book covers and I absolutely LOVE them 🙂 Cheers, Alastair

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Max S
March 8, 2022 11:00 am

Adam is a robot who was locked in a basement for more than 200 years, during this time a civil war between AI’s and humans which destroyed the world. There are many things about this book I enjoy, one of them is the concepts in this story of things like exploring conflict, decisions and more. Additionally, I really like the twists and plot in the story. I also genuinely enjoy Adam as I find him a perplexing and interesting character. 

 Adam needs to decide whether he is a robot or a human, with this decision he has the power to end the war. As well as this we have Lindin who is a non-binary character, and it is really nice to have representation of different identities. I say this because in our time it is important to accept people’s differences and embrace them. 

The front cover shows Adam standing in front of a lot of destroyed buildings and debris which are a dark colour contrasted by the orange sky sunset/sunrise which I think looks a very aesthetically pleasing combination. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book but may suggest an aged of 11+ 

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Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 8:00 am
Reply to  Max S

Hi Max, thanks for that very thoughtful review. When I set out to write Adam-2, it was partly because I just really liked the idea of his character, and how he might see the world in a new way. As you say, Adam has to decide if he’s a robot or a human – or whether there’s another way. And I’m glad you liked Linden’s character, too.

The artwork is by Dan Mumford, and I *love* his work. That destroyed city is Edinburgh – the clock tower is actually a famous landmark called the Balmoral Clock Tower, and when I saw that Dan had added it I was really pleased! cheers, Alastair

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Elizabeth J
March 8, 2022 11:01 am

What’s the key to the war? The first thought is to end it, but how do you do so, destroy one side and save the other. But is that right? Surrounded by enemies who only want to use him as a pawn in their plan, and allies who mistrust him. Adam must decide who – and what – he really is, this story is full of incredible twists and turns, an action-packed story.  
I loved the theme of finding your identity in this book. I especially liked the inclusion of a non–binary character.  I enjoyed the detail in the thoughts and emotions felt by Adam, as well as the character development of them was very enjoyable as he came to terms with who he really is.  The way the author  finish off Adam’s story, I felt like it gave closure as Adam finally finds his place in society. This question is where? As a human or funk?  
Finally, I liked how the author took a look at the bigger picture and showed that there can always be a way to stop violence.  

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Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 8:46 am
Reply to  Elizabeth J

Hi Elizabeth, thank you for your excellently written review – very thoughtful and clear! And I’m glad you liked the theme of identity, both for Adam and Linden. In many ways Linden’s journey is more interesting – ze goes from actively hating Adam, to grudgingly accepting him, before finally realising that he is a person just like any other. I think if we can manage to do that, we can all make the world a little better 😊, cheers, Alastair

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Isla
March 8, 2022 1:54 pm

Adam2 was my third Juniper book awards book, and was recommended to me by some friends.
After the first few pages, I was totally absorbed, I finished it in less than a week. The part when Adam2 was deciding whether he stood with the humans or the robots was so suspenseful, and the ending was so unexpected. Purely brilliant. There are no proper words to describe this book.

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St Cedd's School
Alastair Chisholm
March 9, 2022 8:54 am
Reply to  Isla

Hi Isla, Thanks for your lovely review – I’m so glad you enjoyed Adam-2 😊 And well done for reading three Juniper books, that’s good going! I’m glad you liked the ending – I wanted to keep it as suspenseful as possible so you might think something AWFUL was going to happen… cheers, Alastair

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Thembani
March 10, 2022 3:31 pm

This book is probably my favorite book.

I enjoyed this for many reasons: It is a sci-fi book and I find sci-fi the best genre. It also had the most appealing blurb and from there it got better. There was a clear sense of how the humans and robots viewed Adam and they viewed him in completely different ways which made the story better. You develop sympathy for the two sides but you develop more sympathy for the robots as their reasoning for what they do is justifiable. This book also has lots of twists and is very eventful. The descriptions paint a picture in your head of the different places and people. It also puts into perspective what happens when you give a chain of robots the ability to think.

All in all this book is way better than When the sky falls and I rate this a 6/5 and I do mean 6 out of five it was that good.

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Hockerill Anglo European College
Alastair Chisholm
March 11, 2022 7:50 am
Reply to  Thembani

Hi Thembani,

Thanks for that lovely review! I’m so glad you enjoyed Adam-2 😊. I love writing sci-fi, so it’s great to hear it’s your favourite. With this book, I really wanted to show how two sides could see things completely differently, but still both be ‘right’. There are a few books and films that talk about scary robots, but I thought that often, it’s the humans who are the most scary…

cheers,
Alastair

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Hermione P
March 10, 2022 7:19 pm

Adam-2 is based on a world that has segregated humans and robots. Adam 2, the protagonist in the story, has just come out of isolation and is dealing with the foreign nature of socializing and navigating a modern world. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and felt that the plot was well written. The story is action packed, there was never a dull moment, and I was eager to turn every page.
It was very entertaining to watch the characters develop. Especially Linden, who was reluctant to be on a team with Adam 2 and yet their relationship later blossomed into a friendship. It is rare to find non-binary representation, especially for this age range of readers, and I loved that despite this it was included.
Adam-2 also had the excellent portrayal of a child dealing with trauma. Although Adam 2 is a dystopian/sci fi and is set in an abstract world, it still focuses on very real emotions that young people experience when grieving loss. Runa, one of Adam 2`s friends, must cope with the loss of her loved ones and I could vividly imagine what the character was going through due to the detailed writing style.
Overall, Adam 2 is a thrilling, unforgettable novel about a robot and two friends conquering villains and seeking the solution to a better future, free of war and terror. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an adventurous, contemporary novel.

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Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
Alastair Chisholm
March 12, 2022 9:49 am
Reply to  Hermione P

Hi Hermione, thanks for this great and very thoughtful review! I’m really glad you liked Adam-2. As soon as I thought of the little robot, I knew he’d be a great way to talk about all of these things, particularly Linden – I really wanted to show how ze shifts from hating Adam-2, to starting to accept him, until finally ze realises that he’s a person just like hir. Thank you for your recommendation!

cheers,
Alastair

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Meg T
March 10, 2022 7:36 pm

Adam-2 is an exhilarating novel set in dystopian times. This fictional story is one set in a time where technology attempts to take over the world. When two young people stumble upon a basement in a, thought to be, abandoned building where they meet the main character of this story, Adam-2, who has been trapped in the basement for 200 years. Adam is an AI, also known as a funk in this book. A funk is an artificial intelligence in a body, there are several types of funks in this, much like there are several types of human beings. Some look like humans, others great beasts.
Adam is naïve and ill-informed to the world that lives outside of his basement as he has never known anything different. This book goes into how non-binary people would like to be addressed and is the first time I have come across this in a book for our age range. I would give this book 5 stars

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Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
Alastair Chisholm
March 12, 2022 9:54 am
Reply to  Meg T

Hi Meg, thanks for this! I really enjoyed writing Adam’s character – he is very naïve, as you say, but I like his optimism. And I didn’t really set out to write a non-binary character, ze just sort of just appeared in my head. So I’ve tried to make it very matter-of-fact in the book – Linden *happens* to be non-binary, and prefers the pronouns ze and hir, but this is only one part of hir character. I’m glad you liked the book!

cheers,
Alastair

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Kelly O
March 11, 2022 8:31 am

This is the tale of a robot named Adam-2 who has been kept in a basement for over 200 years. When he finally emerges from the depths of the basement it is bloodshed between humans and funks (other robots). Once Adam-2 has been discovered it is known that he has the key to ending this vicious war. First, he must discover who he truly is. What will Adam-2 do? Will he side with Linden and Runa to save the human specimen, or will he help his fellow robot brethren?
 
When I first read Adam-2 I was beguiled. When reading the book, I as the reader got to see Adam’s and Linden’s perspectives. Throughout the book it is noticeably clear that Linden does not like Adam-2, and this made the book even more intriguing as later they are forced to work together. The dual narrative makes this book incredibly unique because Adam is a funk whereas Linden is a human, so we got to understand the war from different points of view.
 
The book is a relatable in some ways to our modern technological lives. We can relate it to nonfiction, such as things like Geography. I picked linking it to geography because we are told that there are castles. I think it may be one of the famous castles in Edinburgh. It also links to modern day technology because we are starting to build technology to help ourselves. Maybe this is the author’s belief on what may happen in the next couple years.
 
Anyways, overall I enjoyed the book and I don’t think anything could have been changed to make it better. It was very interesting and had a good plot twist. I really love the ending and I really wish for there to be a sequel to the book!
 

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Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
Alastair Chisholm
March 12, 2022 10:00 am
Reply to  Kelly O

Hi Kelly, thanks for your great review – I really like how you’ve pulled in different ideas here. The way Adam and Linden see the world was very important to me – as you say, to begin with Linden doesn’t like Adam at all, and even when ze is willing to work with him, ze still finds it difficult to think of him as a *person*.

You’re right that the castles are Edinburgh-based. The Funks’ stronghold is actually Edinburgh Castle, right in the middle of the city, and the humans are in Craigmillar Castle, just outside. I had a lot of fun thinking how a future Edinburgh would look, and imagining my characters wandering around it.

And I do think we’re very close to some form of artificial intelligence – perhaps not a couple of years, but within our lifetimes. There are lots of scary sci-fi stories about evil robots, but humans aren’t all that nice, sometimes – to begin with the robots might be more scared of us…

All the best,
Alastair

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Souhayla
March 11, 2022 2:05 pm

I really enjoyed Adam 2 because Adam seems so innocent but at the end he surprises everyone by nearly risking the lives of both humans and Funks. I have a few questions for you about the book.
Is there an Adam book 1?
How many Adams are there?
I would appreciate if you could answer these questions.

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Newhall Prep School
Alastair Chisholm
March 12, 2022 10:05 am
Reply to  Souhayla

Hi Souhayla,

Thanks – I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’m not sure Adam really does risk everyone’s lives, at the end. Was he telling the truth? Had he really fixed the weapons? Or was he bluffing? Either way, I like that he made the humans and funks think about what they were doing.

In answer to your questions…

  • No, there isn’t an Adam book 1. In this book, Adam is called Adam-2 because he was the second one to be built.
  • I think there were 7 Adam prototypes. Adam-1 was the cleverest, but with each version the humans tried to make them dumber and more obedient. Adam-7 was the one that the Funks were eventually based on.

All the best,
Alastair

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Chloe H
March 11, 2022 2:11 pm

Adam-2 is an exhilarating novel set in dystopian times. This fictional story is one set in a time where technology attempts to take over the world. When two young people stumble upon a basement in a, thought to be, abandoned building where they meet the main character of this story, Adam-2, who has been trapped in the basement for 200 years. Adam is an AI, also known as a funk in this book. A funk is an artificial intelligence in a body, there are several types of funks in this, much like there are several types of human beings. Some look like humans, others great beasts.
Adam is naïve and ill-informed to the world that lives outside of his basement as he has never known anything different. This book goes into how non-binary people would like to be addressed and is the first time I have come across this in a book for our age range. I would give this book 5 stars.

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Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
Alastair Chisholm
March 12, 2022 10:08 am
Reply to  Chloe H

Hi Chloe,

I think your review and Meg T’s review above have somehow ended up duplicated! If this was your review, see my answer to Meg’s entry and let Meg know that something’s gone wrong. Or, if this *isn’t* your review, just post up your actual review and I’ll be happy to answer it 🙂

cheers,
Alastair

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Mrs Smy
March 11, 2022 3:27 pm

A thoroughly enjoyable Sci-fi adventure story of humanity fighting artificial intelligence for world domination. I liked that the story is told from two different points of view – Adam2, the robot and Lindon, a human. I fell in love with Adam’s humanity and his determination to save both sides. The plot covers so many themes – war/peace, family, friends, trust, and moral issues of creating sentient AI. A thoroughly good read. There is a certain irony that I must tick a box to say that I am not a robot in order to post this review! I am not sure Adam2 would approve.

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Brentwood County High School
Alastair Chisholm
March 12, 2022 10:10 am
Reply to  Mrs Smy

Dear Mrs Smy,

Thanks for the review – I’m glad you enjoyed it! And yes, every time I tick the “I’m not a robot” box to reply it makes me chuckle 😄🤖

cheers,
Alastair

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Oliver Child
March 21, 2022 9:12 pm

Hi Alastair Chisholm I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your book Adam-2 so much and because of that I decided to start reading your Orion Lost book and was immediately hooked and just wanted to say you did an amazing job with both books and the way that you write the books intertwines so many different themes and at the end when you think you’ve figured out everything all these questions start flooding back to you and it leaves you with a sense of wonderment and amazement which is what made me enjoy it so much. I think the reason why both of your books have ended up on the juniper book awards twice is because you give the reader a sense of what you’re thinking as well in the story and slowly hinting things that form into a much bigger puzzle and that is just fantastic. To anyone who has not read Alastair Chisholms book Adam-2 then I would highly recommend it to anyone no matter what type of books you like he incorporates so many things that it’s got a bit of everything in it. All in all one of my favourite books o all time and thank you Alastair for making this and putting your time into it.

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Hockerill
Alastair Chisholm
April 1, 2022 7:38 am
Reply to  Oliver Child

Hi Oliver,

Thank you so much – I’m delighted you enjoyed both books! I’ve loved being part of the Juniper Awards, and hearing back from readers directly about their experience, and even getting to chat to them (Was that you in the front row at the event I did with Hockerill? You asked some brilliant questions!).

My next one is on the way – The Consequence Girl, out in June – (https://nosycrow.com/product/the-consequence-girl/), and I hope you enjoy it, too!

All the best,
Alastair

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Oliver Child
May 8, 2022 8:25 pm

Yes, that was me at the front row thank you so very much for replying to my review i thought i was too late for you to see it. I have just finished Orion lost and the lot twist was amazing and i am definitely going to read consequence girl.

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Hockerill