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William Mackler is about to go on a road trip of a lifetime. After winning a contest—and nearly dying in the process—he becomes the proud owner of Autonomous, a driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do. #Worthit! To sweeten the deal he gets to pick three friends to go with him on a cross-country trip to see their favorite band. For William, a reckless aWilliam Mackler is about to go on a road trip of a lifetime. After winning a contest—and nearly dying in the process—he becomes the proud owner of Autonomous, a driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do. #Worthit! To sweeten the deal he gets to pick three friends to go with him on a cross-country trip to see their favorite band. For William, a reckless adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect last hurrah before he and his friends go their separate ways after graduation. But Autonomous is more than just a car without a steering wheel. It's capable of downloading all of the passengers’ digital history—from the good, to the bad, to the humiliating. The information is customized into an itinerary that will expose a few well-kept secrets, but it will also force William to face some inner demons of his own. Think you know Autonomous? The real question is, how much does Autonomous know about you?...

Title : Autonomous
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ISBN : 9781484773901
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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Autonomous Reviews

  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    2018-12-05 06:53

    This is being marketed as “funny” and to 14+First up – there is NOTHING “funny” in this book and it’s BEYOND inappropriate for a 14 yr old. Note to Marketing Team: you need to rethink that.Up front I’ll tell you I went in with the idea that this being a book from the Disney Group it was going to be a certain kind of book; the kind I could safely recommend to the parents I know for their teens and to my local library to consider adding.At this point it has become more of one I wouldn’t let my teen read until he was older and I would tell any other adult to check it out for themselves to decide if they think their son/daughter is capable of handling the material.To say I was surprised this came from Disney is a HUGE understatement. Honestly if it wasn’t being promoted by them and didn’t have a cover that made you think of the outline of the Magic Kingdom that goes before all their movies I might not have such a huge problem with it. I just think that the combo is going to make people, like I did, think the material is suitable for a wider range of audience than it actually is.1) There’s TONS of cussing that starts off right away so you could get drunk making a drinking game out of it before you’re even 1/3 of the way through the book. 2) Speaking of drinking: LOTS of underage drinking, as in these kids aren’t even in college yet and they’re playing drinking games like Never have I ever. 3) Sex between ‘consenting’ teenagers and mutual agreement to “take each other’s virginity”. 4) Cocaine being used like it’s no big deal because Sherlock Holmes & Freud used it per this book. Pills and Shrooms galore.5) A trip into a drug den AKA Meth Lab run by near dead brainless druggies who have a gun and are the poster boys for the Anti-Gun movement – way to go to give those people more ammunition in their cause to rid the world of weapons.6) Cutting and suicide issues are brought up but never addressed in a healthy way.It felt like the author was using these 4 teenagers and a driverless car to work out some deep seated issues as it’s just one long therapy inducing journey. There is the fun of what a driverless car could be like, lots of social media interaction and the consequences of having such a dependent society on it. Pseudo warnings of the overreach of technology into our lives.I can see teenagers getting into this but that may not be a good thing.*UPDATE: since the copy I was sent months ago to review the cover has been changed and references to Disney have been removed as the publisher name has been switched to Freeform which is still an imprint of Disney but most probably don't know that.

  • Heather
    2018-11-25 08:04

    **I received Autonomous from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.**Honestly, I expected more from Autonomous. The premise sounds like this could have been a really interesting story with tons of room for either serious discussions, or light-hearted fun. The problem was that it tried to do both, but with the wrong audience, none of the consequences, and not the right kind of humor. If the author had just picked either light-hearted humorous book, or serious contemporary/sci-fi, then it would have made the reading experience much more enjoyable. But instead, it's confusing and a little scary thinking about this being marketed to young adults. There are way too many adult themes that drag down the humorous feel to the book. For starters, the main character almost gets run over in order to win a car, and that's just kind of blown over. Like, a bunch of teenagers could have been killed or seriously injured chasing after a car, and we're just supposed to think it's funny? In addition, there's sex between minors, underage drinking, use of illegal substances (not just weed), mentions of suicide and cutting, speeding, drag-racing, etc. And all of the above have little to no consequence. They get caught speeding, nothing happens. Drinking underage and doing illegal drugs should have some ending moral that signifies to young children that "NO you shouldn't do this. And if you do, bad things will happen." In addition to all of that, there's fistfights, and a kidnapping of sorts. DOES THIS SOUND LIKE A HUMOROUS BOOK? This needs to be marketed, and maybe even edited a bit more, so that it flows better.

  • OutlawPoet
    2018-11-24 05:57

    This wasn’t fun.It should have been. Secrets, lies, and an over the top dream-car that can take you anywhere and do almost anything.But, oh…I found myself stuck on a road trip from hell some young adults I simply didn’t like. This is less a near-future tech thriller than it is a coming-of-age as our rather unlikeable characters discover truths about each other and themselves. Our car becomes a bit of a character itself, which I kind of liked – but it turned out that I soon found our car more annoying than our human characters.I still liked the tech. I liked the idea of what our future might hold – dangers and all. But the book simply wasn’t fun and the thrills were not so thrilling.*ARC Provided via Net Galley.

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    2018-11-24 08:48

    I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.After winning a contest which just about killed him, William has the opportunity to to take an all-expenses paid cross country road trip in Autonomous, a luxurious futuristic driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do. Better yet, he even gets to take three friends along for the ride. For William this will be the perfect last hurrah before he and his friends go their separate ways after high school graduation. Autonomous, though, has much greater capabilities than even they realize - it can sync with its passengers by downloading all of their social media and digital history. All of that information has been used to program their customized itinerary on the way to their final destination, but it will also reveal things that they all would prefer stay hidden. #WorthItBased on the description of Andy Marino's Autonomous, this was going to be a funny road trip book featuring a great group of friends with plenty of action and thrills. It's also rated as appropriate for ages 14+. I've never read the author's work before, so I didn't know exactly what to expect in terms of style but the description really caught my attention. In the end, though, this is one of those where I completely preferred the idea presented in the description to the actual execution of the story. I was very close to DNF'ing it, but I powered my way through hoping that it would improve - unfortunately it never really did. First things first, this is not appropriate for 14 year olds, unless your 14 year old is very mature for their age. Based on the content - cursing, drugs, drinking, sex, self-harm, and suicide, etc. - this is definitely for older teens. Usually, I don't really discuss this aspect in these terms, but that was at the top of the NetGalley description, so I must mention just how surprised I was at the content. Second, I was expecting to laugh or at least chuckle once during my reading experience, but it isn't funny - at all. I don't know if I missed something, but I didn't come away from this book thinking it's a funny road trip novel at all. I'd say it actually borders up against horror/ thriller more. Maybe I've read and watched too much about technology and/ or vehicles gone bad (Christine, The Car, Maximum Overdrive, and 2001: A Space Odyssey among others). The more I read, the less I would have been disappointed if the story had gone that route with Autonomous (aka Otto) - too bad that aspect was never really explored although there are a handful of moments.Third, in regards to the cast of characters, I was expecting to love getting to know this group of friends, but that didn't happen. I didn't like anyone and they all grated on my nerves throughout. Christina is the only halfway decent character out of everyone in the novel (everyone else is just irritating or flat). Her character definitely deserved much better than she got in this story. I bet I was inadvertently grinding my teeth down while reading about the rest of our cast. The prevalent social media stuff was also exasperating - and that's coming from someone who tweets, blogs, pins, and the like regularly. I usually like seeing a bit of that kind of thing in YA contemporary (which this also brushes up against) because that can make it feel very current and now. Maybe, though, my irritation is connected to the characters who push it the most (ie: not Christina) or because it just feels too forced in this case - at least it does touch on some of the more creepy aspects of social media when it comes to the driverless car itself but not nearly enough.Finally, I was really let down by Autonomous by Andy Marino - it was one of those reading experiences where I actually preferred concept to the final product. Christina, the use of social media, the driverless car, the elements of horror/ thriller, the official description - there's so much potential, but it just stalled out for me. I nearly gave up on this novel, but I kept going in hopes that it would eventually improve. I doubt this story will age well, and I expect it will date quickly. It's going for #relatable, but it never hits the mark. Reader beware: Ages 16+ are recommended.Thanks to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to try this ARC.

  • Madison
    2018-12-05 08:47

    Please note this is a review of the original book that was to be published in November 2017, and some things may have changed in the April 2018 release.Picture a road trip - sunny days, hair blowing in the wind, happy times of solid friendship and sing-a-longs to feel-good music. Autonomous is not that road trip. Instead, Autonomous is an examination of the true nature of humanity, where buried secrets are laid bare and the harsh truths of reality are posed against the speculation of how technology might evolve and how it might reflect those truths.When William wins a state-of-the-art car in a competition, he plans to take his three best friends on an epic road trip. But while discovering the extent of the car's abilities, from being completely self driving to apparent mind reading, everything William had planed for the road trip begins to fall apart. Instead of making fantastic memories with his friends, their relationships are tested and things get far more dangerous then they could have imagined.I was totally excited by the premise of Autonomous. It takes the humble road trip to the next level. How cool to win a car that can basically read your mind and take you where you really want to go - and in serious style, too. But things get serious pretty quickly. This wasn't the sort of book I really enjoyed reading, too gritty for my tastes, yet it integrates such important, realistic themes and speculates on a future that seems all too possible. I totally understood Christina's skepticism and wariness of Autonomous. I was rooting for her to hack the car and find its true, nefarious purpose hidden under its disguise of butt-conforming seats and luggage-hiding floors. Yet it is the four main characters who are the focus of this book, who go on the real journey of discovery. The journey may not have been nice, and the secrets revealed take them to the very edge - drugs, violence, the dangers of internet communication, hacking, dangerous secrets. The chapters rotate between four perspectives, William and his three road trip companions. I did find the book quite long and perhaps the four perspectives added to this, but it does help the reader experience everything through each character's eyes, allowing for the secrets to slowly unfold. Autonomous is a interesting investigation into technology-meets-humanity, and how they each can reflect the true nature of the other. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.

  • Nicole Burrell
    2018-11-16 06:46

    So many fantastic books have invited the reader to imagine a technology that is in its infancy today, developed to an extreme sometime in the future. Andy Marino took on such a technology in his new novel, "Autonomous", and built a concept that anyone would love to read.Driverless cars have been rising in popularity and we've barely scratched the surface of what is possible in the market. In his novel, Marino imagines some of those possibilities, creating a luxury super car that can delve deep into the secrets of its passengers and use those secrets to send them on a road trip they never expected to take. As the story unfolds, "Autonomous" explores the themes of truth, social media privacy, and more.This truly is a timely and potentially page-turning subject. It's why I picked this book up. It's why I gave it two stars. The concept is great. The problem, and the reason it didn't get a higher rating from me, is that the way the story unfolded just didn't hold up for me. The good news is that the reasons I didn't necessarily enjoy it are the same reasons why you might. Marino wastes no time in establishing the tone of the book- this will be another young adult book that is heavy on the profanity, heavy on the God-hating, heavy on the general cynicism towards all-things-life. And to be fair, the whole point of the book is that these characters are sent on a journey that will confront their issues and secrets. So some of the negativity up front makes sense. It just didn't seem to resolve itself in a way I found satisfying. I also couldn't find a character that I loved. YA, and all books, hinge off of the characters we all want to root for, and I found it hard to get behind anyone in "Autonomous".Maybe the problem for me was that the word "humor" showed up in the synopsis for the book. If it was there, I missed it. It was pretty bleak from what I saw. Whatever the resolution, this book was not going to feel hopeful, and that disappointed me. It is never fair to say a book is bad because it wasn't for a particular reader, so I want to be clear that there is the potential that you will love this book even though I didn't.This book has an audience. It just isn't me.Read this book if: You've soaked up books like "The Sun is Also a Star" and "The Fault in our Stars" and would like to see a similar tone combined with a futuristic action story.Don't read this book if: You don't like profanity, don't like YA, or are looking for something a little sunnier.

  • ~ Althea ~ (themoonwholistens)
    2018-12-08 02:43

    // Received an advance reader copy for a fair review //"what if we don't like what's in our hearts?"The world was really intriguing and it really seems to get the readers curiosity going. I can say that the book had a very modern feel. It was amusing in the way that it is relatable to the present modern era.As much as I enjoyed the book, the world building was slightly all over the place at first which ended making me confused on what was going on at first and I really did not know where anything was headed. I had a hard time getting int the book at first but it kept me curious enough to stay.I did ended up with a much better read that what was expected though I could say that the book could have connected to me more if the writing style and the representation of the world in general was different and more developed. Some topics were off for me personally and was just not something that I liked reading. The characters seemed too one dimensional at first but I ended u loving them anyway. they appealed to me much more as the book progressed and I have to say that the progression of the story and the development of everything in general was somewhat the strong point and what kept me going in the book. It had a heart warming ending to go with everything as well.This an amusing science fiction novel that I am sure young adult readers will at least enjoy and appreciate if not love. It was an adventure reading this.and btw . . . the boys are to die for AAHHHH hehe"there was no such thing as an unhackable system"

  • Vera
    2018-12-02 05:04

    I couldn't even finish this one, and I generally enjoy this kind of book. Self-driving cars? Cool. Buddies on a road trip learning about themselves and each other? Cool. Those two things together? Super cool. So the premise was definitely interesting, but the book fell short for me in pretty much every area. I didn't find the characters interesting enough to continue reading about, since they completely lacked depth. The writing style was, for me, trying too hard to appeal to teens (and to be honest, maybe it would appeal to teens) and I couldn't get myself to continue reading it. The theme of social media use and creating yourself in your online image is certainly a relevant one these days, but everyone is trying to write a book with that theme (or at least that what it seems like), so you really have to do it well or put a unique spin on it to stand out from the crowd, and this book did not do that either. There are many better YA novels out there these days, so I wouldn't waste your time with this one.*I received an ARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    2018-11-24 08:40

    Marino, Andy Autonomous, 368 pages. Freeform (Disney), 2018. $18. Language: R (100+ swears, 40+ ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13 (teen alcohol and drug use); Violence: PG-13 (fights and danger)William has led a sub-interesting life up until the day he wins the world’s first autonomous car and becomes an instant celebrity. For his first voyage, a trip across the country to the Moonshadow Festival in Arizona, he has invited his best friend, Daniel, stud basketball player; Melissa, Daniel’s social media obsessed girlfriend; and Christina, his reclusive, computer genius neighbor. While William likes them all, they really know nothing about each other. Otto, as William names the car, supposedly has everything within it that they need, plus Otto supposedly is smart enough to know what they want even before they do. As the trip progresses, not only do the kids learn more than they want to know about each other, but Otto is also learning things they never wanted it to know and is changing in new, frightening ways.While Marino’s story about technology run amok has some great points to make, it's too bad his idea of authentic teenage life includes the constant use of the ‘f’ word, rampant drug use, and overt sexuality. Instead of letting the story spin out, it just feels like he’s trying to be hip. The story would be plenty compelling, even fascinating, without the heavy-handed swearing. This reminds me of when Microsoft unleashed its A.I. Tay on Twitter and within 48 hours it became a racist, genocidal hate spewer. Watching the final scenes spin out was a riveting, agonizing trainwreck that left me breathless. I wish I could recommend this.HS - NOT RECOMMENDED. Cindy, Library Teacher

  • Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
    2018-11-27 04:52

    1.5 stars // *I received an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review*Welcome to a little game I like to call “is it a book, or is it a disappointment?” The rules are that in order to deserve the title of book, it has to not suck. Let’s see how Autonomous holds up.Humor? Check! I loved the banter between Christina, who is definitely the best character, and William, who is definitely… the main character. Just don’t go in expecting to be laughing constantly, because there are long stretches of boringness without anything interesting.Creepy sentient car premise? Eh… half a check. There were moments when Otto (the car) was a genuinely complex, worthy antagonist of the book, but the concept was never fleshed out enough. The author was clearly more interested in relationship drama than artificial intelligence drama.Romance? Nope. No check for you. Melissa and Daniel’s relationship is never shown to be as close as it needed to be for us to feel any kind of emotion at them falling apart. Will they break up? Are they cheating? Do I care? And then there’s William and Christina’s blossoming relationship, which had me interested for about two seconds before it was simply bland.Friendship? Well, this book failed at romance so obviously it must have — nope, failed at this too. If you’re going to do a book about testing friendships to the limit, you have to commit, and Autonomous didn’t. Sure, things happened to make the characters uncomfortable or angry with each other, but in the end it was like, consequences? What consequences? Christina’s feelings of being left out weren’t explored enough to be compelling, Melissa and Daniel were too busy with Couple Drama™ to be friends at all, and William just floated along wondering why things were going wrong.Action? Ugh, barely. There were about two and a half scenes that made you worry for someone’s life, and one of them was cut out of the middle of the book and tacked onto the beginning so you would be tricked into thinking you’re starting in the middle of the action, only to flash back to a week before when the story starts. Which is a lazy way of hooking your reader.Cool cyber hacking stuff? The author sure tried, giving Christina all kinds of gadgets and cool names, but in the end it felt hollow and many things were unexplained.Nice writing? Nope, Autonomous is exhausting to get through. I ended up skimming pages and complaining a lot in my updates. While I appreciated some choices the author made to avoid writing cliches, it wasn’t enough to salvage the book.The judges have tallied the score and awarded Autonomous one star for Christina existing and half a star for various other pieces that almost worked. It’s not a book, it’s a disappointment.Original Reaction: What a disappointment! Christina, my fave, I'm so sorry you're stuck being a character in this horrible book when you deserve so much better.One and a half stars — one for Christina and her banter with William, and one half for the creepy sentient car premise that never got fleshed out enough. Overall this book was exhausting to read, tried too hard to be relevant and #relatable and finished with a cop-out ending.Full review to come closer to the publishing date!

  • Lindsey Thomas
    2018-12-10 02:53

    I received an advanced reader's copy of Autonomous in exchange for an honest review. In some ways, Andy Marino’s Autonomous reminds me of Alice Through the Looking Glass if Alice were four teenagers and the mirror, the windshield of a self-driving AI-powered car of the future. In Andy Marino’s Autonomous, William, an intelligent but uninspired high school graduate, wins Autonomous, a self-driving prototype party vehicle. He and his friends, Daniel, Melissa, and Christina, head off on the road trip of a lifetime; William envisions this to be their last hurrah, the perfect adventure, before scholar-athlete Daniel heads to Princeton, budding fashion mogul Melissa heads off to NYU, and computer-hacking genius Christina heads to Buffalo for college. Autonomous is programmed to give each passenger exactly what he or she desires, but as Autonomous learns more and more about each of its new companions, it becomes clear that the car has plans of its own. Memories are made, relationships are tested, and each of our protagonists learns more about themselves and each other on the way to becoming autonomous young adults.

  • Emilie
    2018-12-08 01:45

    So I really, really wanted to like this book. I received an ARC earlier this year at a YA festival, and the concept sounded great.But, unfortunately, the execution was far from what I was expecting.Firstly, what caught me off guard was that the dialogue was rampant with a mixture of technobabble and trendy teen slang. Technobabble can be fun, but when paragraphs are overrun with terms that most non-sciencey people are not going to understand, that can be an issue. To add to this, the overuse of modern teen slang made the story feel stuck in 2016, when it was supposed to be set in the near future. Good YA novels are great at keeping the balance between relating to the way kids talk vs going too far in their language. Too much trendy teen jargon will actually make the novel feel dated, considering this novel is not coming out until 2018 and some readers may not pick it up until even later.Another thing that bothered me by the time I finished this book was that I disliked the characters the more I got to know them. I understand the idea of wanting to show that everyone is fighting their own secret demons. I understand the desire to create a commentary on how we wear our social selves like masks, hiding our sins from our friends. But in most stories I have encountered like that, I actually relate to the characters, even if they’re super messed up people. That’s because I see their goodness somehow in the midst of their flaws, my own flaws are mirrors of theirs, and/or the characters experience some kind of redemption.There is no redemption for these characters. I feel like the author felt he had to make these teens the most messed up and unhealthy as they possibly could be. Which can make for good character development! But I started the story disliking each character... and once the story was over, I pretty much hated them. The story as a whole was very nihilistic. I’ve read plenty of science fiction and dystopia with a similar tone, yet the darkness and pessimism was a bit much even for my standards. Again, I get the fact that the author is trying to make a statement about certain things, and I do respect a lot of the points he was trying to make. But it simply didn’t work. I also agree with a lot of fellow reviewers that this novel is not suitable for the young age group that it is marketed for, due to characters’ casual drug and alcohol use, hooking up, and other heavy content. A lot of these issues show no real consequences. I don’t have a problem with talking about heavy issues in teen stories, I actually view it as important (especially for older kids)... but when there is not a realistic context and no consequences in sight, I think it can be a dangerous thing.

  • Julie
    2018-11-27 04:49

    Now here’s the thing about getting an advanced reader’s copy. Sometimes, the reviews are not good, such as the reviews for this novel, and now this book is being reworked as it was meant to be published this month, but is now aiming for 2018. Therefore, my review reflects the unrevised book, not the copy that will hit the shelves in a few months. First things first, I need to explain something about Autonomous. It was marketed as a 14+ book and as a funny story. Also, when a book comes from Disney, you most likely will expect the book will be appropriate for teenagers to read, even if it says 14+ on the cover - it’s Disney, for goodness’ sake. Autonomous was absolutely not appropriate for youth. There were themes in there that twisted my stomach and that made my heart plummet, and I think I perhaps laughed once in the entire book. However, if I had picked up this book elsewhere, I would have thought that it was freaking amazing. If the audience had been adults and the book’s teen-targeted content had been edited out, I could see how this would have been a horror/thriller that would have kept me up at night. I assume that the edits will remove all the adult content from the book, which is quite necessary for this to be published by Disney Book Group, but… I keep wondering “what if” this story is edited differently. I loved the car, I loved the social media content, I loved the psychology behind putting four very different people in a car that reads your mind and adapts a road trip to fit the occupant’s needs… and then this car turning dark and reflecting each individual’s darkest secrets… It was a really good ARC. Again, I’m just sad that this manuscript didn’t make it to a different audience. I’d like to thank Disney Book Group for the free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to picking up a copy of the re-edited product, because despite all the bad stuff in the book, I actually enjoyed it.

  • JLP
    2018-12-06 02:42

    Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This one had a great premise but it just didn't work out. It seemed that the book's story/plot just didn't know what it wanted to be as a story. Check out author's other books or related books? No Recommend this book? No Notes and Opinions: When I first saw this book I thought it was due out in November but now I see that it has been moved to April. I really hope that the issues with this book are being corrected. I really thought this book was going to be something like Fast and the Furious meets Knight Rider but what I ended up finding was a book that was very confusing. I really feel that this could have been a lot better if it would have covered the topic of responsibly and had a better ending. For me the story and characters just didn't work out for me in this one. I hope that a new ARC is released before it is published so I can try it again. Go Into This One Knowing: drugs, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, sex

  • Courtney
    2018-11-14 08:05

    I did not mean to request this book from NetGalley, it happened by accident, and since I have yet to find a take back request button I received a copy and felt obligated to read it. I was ever so glad I did. Maybe it's because I had absolutely no expectations from this book that I enjoyed it. Here's the thing, for me, this read like a quasi-horror story. And what does all good horror have? Archetypes. So yes, the characters were not the best people or the most fleshed out of all characters but they did their jobs well. Otto creepily had the most character growth and it was fantastic. This book was horrific, it had teenage sex, drinking, swearing, all the bad things mentioned in other reviews, but the satirical point was made, this is a YA novel after all. It also had great things, creepy warnings of our future world, how the internet is still dangerous and scary and social media should not be as out of control as it is, and Otto. I loved Otto. This book was thrilling, it was engrossing, it was hilarious in a satirical way not a laugh out loud way, and it was chillingly creepy.

  • Dee
    2018-12-06 07:56

    ~~~ I was provided with an ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~~~Marino's book has an interesting premise, the quintessential teen road trip but with a modern twist, a self-driving wonder car named Autonomous. The concept of the storyline is interesting in itself but the execution lacks some sort of oomph. The main character William is sometimes fleshed out and other times one-dimensional. The other characters are flawed teenagers (which is great - but it's kind of hard to care or sympathize with any of them). At some points, I felt the car was a more interesting feature than the main characters themselves.** There have been some complaints by adults reading the material who do not believe it is appropriate for readers between the ages of 12 and 15. I advise teacher/parent discretion as the book has mentions of drug use, sexual encounters, and cursing. **

  • Angie
    2018-12-02 03:43

    William wins a contest and gets a self-driving car. Autonomous can do basically anything you can think of. It is the car of the future powered by a ridiculously superior AI. William and his three friends take a road trip across the country in Otto the car. Along the way secrets are revealed, relationships change and they almost get killed. I almost didn't finish this book, but I really wanted to see how it was going to end. I am not even sure what the point of the whole thing was. Otto learns from his passengers and becomes psychotic, but that brings the friends back together? I am not sure I even care. I didn't really like or care about any of the characters. There were also parts of the story that were so completely over the top that they didn't even really fit in with the rest of it. I would give this one a pass. I received this book from Netgalley.

  • Nick Hedges
    2018-11-29 08:10

    After winning a contest, William Mackler wins a driverless car, Autonomous and embarks on a road trip of a lifetime with three friends. This is more than a car, a car who had access to every detail of William's life. A machine that know more about him than himself. I was attracted to this book by the concept. A nod to the rise and prevalence of our now ever increasing use of digital media and power of social media. Young adults on a journey to find themselves. However the book was ruined for me by the very unlikeable characters. I was hoping that the car developing its only personality would carry the book but that became increasingly unlikeable too. Just not for me but hey, the book is targeted for the YA market, maybe they'll get it more than me. Odd that this type of book is under the Disney banner. I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Mindy
    2018-12-13 07:47

    I still don't know quite how to feel about this one. It was wholly predictable without any real twists or turns and read like it could have been written about the AI that was shut down after it learn to be a complete jerk from the Internet. I was saddened that none of the kids in the book came out really changing or learning anything in the end, other than a lot of self-discovery. That being said, it was compelling enough to finish the book. That's about all I can really say other than I won't be reading it again and I don't see any situation where is recommend it to anyone. I have to thank the publisher, author, and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Engel Dreizehn
    2018-11-29 04:55

    ARC copy for review....Very much for YA demography with the language, trends and social habits (ex. liberal mentions of the social media hashtags, the protagonists going to massive music festival etc) but felt "fleeting" because of "now" trend name dropping, like this story is going to go out of fashion with time. Although I did liken the technology involved especially the driver-less car tech and very much in the social media age, that kind of technology could be very incorporated with social media-internet tech. At the same time, likened the flip side...what could possibly go wrong with driver-less tech etc.

  • Jackson
    2018-11-24 02:01

    I was given an electronic copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review, so here it is. I'm going to keep this short and sweet. I didn't like this book at all. The writing was choppy and under descriptive, the characters were bland and forgettable, the target audience will miss a lot of what this book is supposed to convey, once again, NOT DESCRIPTIVE ENOUGH AT ALL, and it was nowhere even close to interesting enough for me. Overall, is give this a 25%. Not for me at ALL. (Still, I do appreciate that netgalley and the publisher were kind enough to send me a copy for early review. My first arc ever! Yay! Too bad it kinda sucked.)

  • Samantha Fabien
    2018-11-16 09:59

    Although an interesting premise, Autonomous left me disappointed. I was intrigued by the secrets that I expected to be revealed about each character but they proved to be underwhelming since I lacked an emotional investment in the characters. I think Autonomous would have had much more success as a film. It described scenes that I could imagine being visually dynamic but did not carry the same strength or weight in the book. Overall, I'm giving it two stars for the innovative idea but failure to execute.

  • Vicky Who Reads
    2018-12-11 06:03

    3 stars Autonomous the most advanced driverless car in the world. It knows what you want to do and where you want to go before you yourself know. It links up data about you from your online presence and scrupulous monitoring to predict your desires.And William Mackler, teenage boy and "adrenaline junkie," has won the competition to own Autonomous and take himself and three friends on the road trip of a lifetime to see their favorite band before they separate after graduation.But Autonomous isn't everything it seems and its overwhelming knowledge might just be the downfall of William and his friends.To some people, 3 stars might be a little generous. Although I didn't really like the book as much as expected, I still think the message Marino wanted us to learn from this novel was portrayed.The teens in this book do a lot of dumb things. They drink underage. Some do drugs. Some meddle with questionable characters. Some make bad life choices in general (but who am I to judge?).I didn't really like any of their characters. They were all important to the novel and have a certain level of complexities, but it doesn't mean that I liked them. They were generally annoying and fought over the pettiest things.William is the main main character who doesn't have very much character besides the fact that the summary says he's an "adrenaline junkie" which I interpreted as "dunce with no regards for his personal health." There's not very much substance to him and I didn't connect well with him.Christina, however, was the one character I connected really well with. She's an introvert and she feels isolated from her peers as William is her best friend and next-door neighbor, and he's the limit of her companions. She's also a germaphobe and great with technology (although she dives into the Dark Web). I could see the complexities in her character with her feeling of being the fourth wheel and how she's a tad paranoid (and justifiably so) about Autonomous.Melissa is pretty, preppy, and popular. She's trying to build her social media presence through YouTube videos and Twitter as she designs & makes clothing. I found her character interesting as she's very ambitious to a fault and it adds another layer to the traditional "Queen Bee." I found this somewhat relatable, though not as much as Christina. She see Autonomous as a chance for her to boost her following with #AutonomousRoadTripDaniel is the final main character & our resident drug addict. There's not much to him except the aforementioned hidden drug abuse aspect & his desire to please Melissa. I couldn't relate to him very well, either.I found that I connected to the female characters much better than the male; whether this may be because I am a female or because the males were just written as dumb jocks, I don't know. But the characters had their faults, which is better than them being perfect role models.The plot was somewhat engaging. I found that a few scenes seemed unnecessary to the central idea of the novel, but it followed the winning of Autonomous to the road trip, while unveiling secrets along the way.I could predict many of the plot twists and where the plot would go in general which took away some of the entertainment value, but it wasn't dull or dragging as they make a lot of bad decisions that would be very Twitter-worthy (everyone loves watching videos of people doing dumb things) but I didn't care very much for the plot or the characters.The emotional attachment to this novel was slim to none as I found them and their decisions irritating.I think it would have been much more enjoyable to read if there was more drama with Autonomous, aka Otto, the driverless car. The premise of the novel was in this omniscient driverless car, but it wasn't featured as much as I would have wanted to see.I found the prose unexceptional, but the premise was very interesting. Driverless cars are becoming more and more popular & talked about in the news.Although I found this novel lacking in execution and other areas, it doesn't mean it won't be a book you'll enjoy. The fact that I didn't DNF this novel should prove that it is an interesting read--just not a very meaningful one.We read all sorts of questionable literature--from Twilight to The Selection. Just because the execution is mediocre will not stop people from enjoying the story.I would not recommend this to anyone looking for a meaningful read, but if you're a fan of drama and a little suspense, Autonomous might be the book for you.Thank you to Disney-Hyperion and Netgalley for providing me with a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review!Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  • Melissa McGuire
    2018-11-18 07:53

    This book took me awhile to read and get into it. It had a good storyline but I found the characters annoying I couldn't relate with any of them. The car was entertaining that's the only aspect I liked.

  • Justine Winans
    2018-11-24 09:44

    Well. The characters aren't exactly likeable. They sort of act as stereotypical jock, geek, popular girl, etc.Cool concept, but I didn't get much of the thriller parts. Overall, just OK at best.