What would you do if you found a robot at the end of your garden? Thirty something stay at home husband Ben Chambers finds Tang the odd bod robot in his garden, and takes on the task of fixing him up and finding where he came from.
Ben is in a bit of a rut, jobless, childless, and living in the house of his deceased parents with his marriage on the rocks. Soon Ben and Tang only have each other, and Ben takes it upon himself to find out the robots story, even if it means getting on a plane, with an over excited, childlike robot.
Now, let me start off by saying this book is not my usual read. It's so far from my usual read that I honestly don't think I would have picked it up under any other circumstances. Penguin Random House very kindly sent this book to me for review, and seeing as I am trying to open up my reading to other genres, I said yes. (Plus, you know, PRH! Squee!)
While I didn't connect much to Ben Chambers, I found myself absolutely charmed by Tang the robot, if it's sociable acceptable (forget it, I don't care how acceptable it is) to find a robot adorable, I did. He was delightful, with the innocence and mind of a child, he helped show Ben what kind of man he could truly be, and I loved that.
The story is sweet, charming, funny, and I found myself really enjoying it. And if it ever get's made into a film, I'll say I said it first! A Robot in the Garden would make a fantastic film, think, modern day Pinocchio meets About a Boy = priceless.
I've also filmed a video review of this book, which you can check out on my channel The Book Life.
A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install is out in April 2015!