After their home is destroyed by an atomic blast, an android and his best pup set out to find his human parents and piece together the remnants of a nation-wide invasion. Lost in their own backyard, our heroes must battle unknown forces both foreign and domestic, using the skills, and wit, of their favorite Saturday matinee heroes. Spills, chills, and thrills leap from the page in the explosive saga of “JQR”, an adventure sure to tickle even the bravest of readers!
Hardcover Synopsis: An old enemy has returned. Dormant for only two decades, the rising sun stormed the beaches and the wide avenues to avenge their defeat. Just a boy and his dog; he a nearly obsolete model, her a pure breed. Left to fend for themselves during the invasion, JoJo, as his family affectionately called him, must wrestle with his metal construction, his childish memories, and the fact that he will never become human. His father’s own experiences in the Last Great War, painful and victorious, have bred fear, doubt, and distrust in them all.
But the world has been far from kind, the survivors hoarding their resources, firing blindly into the atomic remains of what they had proudly cultivated. Lost now in a world he thought he knew, his family’s shadows fading quickly, there is much to learn about the hierarchy of man and where a small android and his loyal best friend fit in.
Hardcore science fiction readers who want an in-depth road story that really hits home are going to love JQR. It’s an epic read, but the pages are beautifully penned by author Joey Rodriguez, with much to say about the hierarchy of the human world and human nature, especially from this charming outsider perspective. JoJo is a fantastic character who presents a unique narrative challenge, and Rodriguez keeps him just that little bit alien from us, even though we can relate very much to his sense of loss and identity crisis. There’s something reminiscent of a futuristic Pinocchio in this tale of a boy who will never be human, and the plot weaves sensitively around the emotional arc to produce a tear-inducing result by its conclusion. Overall, JQR is a truly touching tale that will satisfy both science fiction fans and emotional drama fans alike.
~ K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite, ★★★★★
It’s difficult to follow up a great review like the above written by K.C. Finn for Joey Rodriguez’s science fiction escapade, “JQR,” but I must because this is a fantastic, deep, and significant read. Sometimes, having a non-human character as the “hero” of the story can be a challenge for readers, but Joey’s deft handing of dialog and situation erase any idea that Jojo is not a boy, a very human boy at that. JQR is a transformational story, as most good science fiction is, because it elevates and inspires you despite it dystompian and dark elements. As a publisher of Visionary Fiction this book would readily fit in that genre as well.
This is not just a recommendation .. this is a direct order, JQR is a must read! 5/5″
~ Aaron C. Yeagle
About Joey Rodriguez
Joey Rodriguez lives in New York City with his wife, Lauren, and their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Joon. He is the author of four novels (JQR, Below, Termination Dust, and The Final Transmissions of A Doomed Astronaut) and one novella (Raptures of the Deep). To purchase any of his books, visit his official website: notyourplatypus.com. And join Joey and Lauren each month for Pupcorn And A Movie, a podcast where they chat about all sorts of movies and he sometimes convinces her to watch the scariest films of all time!
Visit Joey Rodriguez’s website.