Secrets will Unfold
Sparks will Fly
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie
They weren’t supposed to have feelings.
Metal will Clash
In a not-too-distance future, robots composed of metal for bones, electric cords for veins, and synthetics for skin are now available. For purchase. Eighteen-year-old Vienna Avery’s home is going to change forever, now that her mom purchased an Italian Chef Robot to cook and reside in their house.
Secrets will Unfold
The government claimed robots were indifferent, unthinking pieces of metal and elastic—assistance for the help of humans. Vienna never believed much of what the government said. The pieces didn’t always fit. And now Vienna knows why, because she’s uncovered the government’s secret: that robots have emotions, sucking Vienna into the underground world of feeling, thinking, and sovereign robots.
Sparks will Fly
Alec Cypher is everything a robot is not supposed to be: deep, dark, and dangerously human. And for some reason, he wants to save Vienna from the government’s prying, vindictive eyes. Going forward, Vienna will have to learn to trust robots and battle the growing feelings she never thought possible... feelings for the green-eyed, soul-searching robot named Alec.
The Three Laws of Robotics (aka Asimov’s Laws)
Originally, when I looked at this post I was like, I’m screwed! What the heck are the Three Laws of Robotics? And I feel sooooo stupid for writing a book about robots and not knowing about these laws. Really, Sheena, how in all your six years of writing this story did you not once stumble across this?
But, one I started researching, I like ohhh!! Isaac Amsiov is the author of I, Robot which was created into the movie, I, Robot with Will Smith. And I <3 that movie!! *patting myself on the shoulder and jumping up and down* His ‘three rules’ in the movie and his book are as follows:
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws
These rules, in theory, are great if your robot was truly a robot—several piece of metal incapable of human emotion.
But what happens when creating a robot, the engineer goes a bit further and thus is born, from the sparks and nuts and bolts, a robot capable of human thoughts and emotions and sovereignty over their own minds and bodies? Are they still robots? Or are they now people composed of metal pieces?
This one of the many underlying themes in my book, SPARKED (The Metal Bones Series Book 1). And to make matters worse, my robots all look like people—think Wolverine ;) When this happens the above three rules are completed kicked out the door.
If there was a thinking feeling robot, putting these restrictions on them would only ‘cage’ the robot in. Think how it would feel if all humans had a chip inserted in us that prevented us from physically acting out our desires. It would be considered a form of slavery. It would seem barbaric. The goal should be to educate people so they choose to make the right decisions, not to physically force people to make the right decisions. Forcing things mostly leads to breeding resentment and rebellion. The exact opposite of what the laws are trying to establish.
And now, the scariest part of all, we are currently on our way to creating a robots capable of human logic and, therefore, capable of human emotion.
This is the world I have created in SPARKED. How far would the government go to keep its secrets secret? How wrong would it be to fall in love with one of them—a robot?
Find out! Pick up SPARKED
Deep. Dark. And dangerously Human.
About the author:
Sheena Snow, contrary to her name, lives in South Florida and has only seen snow once. But she would love for it to land on her eyelashes and sparkle in her hair. She loves painting, candle making, orchid shows, tattoo conventions, hockey games and library book sales! After college she landed a full time job but kept serving pizza on the weekends and writing stories about characters she wished really existed, characters who never gave up no matter the obstacles life threw at them. At the age of twenty-six, she sold her first book and bought her very first puppy, a wonderful Yorkie named Aladdin.