by Eve Langlais
Series: Cyborgs: More Than Machines #1
Published by ListenUp Audiobooks on April 19, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Futuristic, Sci-Fi
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Machines aren't supposed to feel, but this cyborg can't help falling in love.
Assigned as a specimen collector for a captured cyborg, Chloe is intrigued by the machine disguised as a man. Kidnapped during his daring escape, he shows her that despite the chip in his brain, his humanity is not completely lost.
Formerly known as unit X109GI, Joe is on a quest to discover his origin. While he doesn't find the answers he's looking for, he does discover that affection and lust aren't just for humans. But when it comes to a battle between logic and love, which side will the cybernetic organism - once a man - choose?
Evaluating his feelings will have to wait though, because the military isn't done with Joe. But their threats against him pale in comparison before the shocking discovery of project C791, the revelation of which stuns the rebel cyborgs - and ignites a fury for vengeance.
Since I liked Accidental Abduction by Eve Langlais so much, I figured I’d give her cyborg series a try. C791 is book #1 in the Cyborgs: More Than Machines series. This story started out promising, but quickly lost my attention. Nevertheless, an unexpected plot twist kept me interested enough to finish and made me curious enough to want to read the next book in the series.
The story takes place in a futuristic world where the government has modified human soldiers and turned them into cybernetic organisms. To the military, the cyborgs are nothing more than war machines. When a group of them becomes self-aware, the government gives the order to terminate all cyborgs. But the extermination fails when a group of the enhanced soldiers rebels and escapes.
Joe was formerly known as unit X109GI. Along with his brother cyborgs, he is slowly rediscovering his humanity, including choosing a human name and reacquainting himself with the ways of men and women.
When Joe is recaptured, he meets Chloe, who works for the government as a specimen collector. She should be afraid of him, but with each subsequent visit, she finds the cyborg more and more intriguing.
I had trouble liking Joe at the start of the story. When he first meets Chloe, he comes across as a big jerk. Granted, he’s in chains and imprisoned, but I wasn’t convinced that those things justified his harsh behavior toward her. However, when Joe escapes the facility where he’s being held and takes Chloe along for the ride, I warmed up to Joe a bit as more of his personality and humanity becomes apparent.
I also had trouble liking Chloe because she struck me as a little too willing to go with Joe when there’s not much evidence that she can trust him. He basically abducts her and for some reason, she finds this appealing. I also felt that Chloe didn’t have much personality, but this might have been intentional on the author’s part.
The sex scenes are great on their own, but in the context of the story, I found them lacking. I didn’t see a real connection or intimacy between Chloe and Joe outside of the bedroom.
The main reason why I’m not rating this book lower is because of a big plot twist that I just didn’t see coming. The twist adds a new dimension to an otherwise flat story.
Even though I didn’t love the book as much as I had hoped, I am curious enough to read the next book in the series. Some of the supporting characters seem promising, so I’m looking forward to their stories.
Rating: 3 stars