Hayley Stone / Oct 24, 2020

Machinations Perfect for fans of Robopocalypse this action packed science fiction debut introduces a chilling future and an unforgettable heroine with a powerful role to play in the battle for humanity s survival

  • Title: Machinations
  • Author: Hayley Stone
  • ISBN: 9780399594373
  • Page: 116
  • Format: ebook
  • Perfect for fans of Robopocalypse, this action packed science fiction debut introduces a chilling future and an unforgettable heroine with a powerful role to play in the battle for humanity s survival The machines have risen, but not out of malice They were simply following a command to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history Their solutioPerfect for fans of Robopocalypse, this action packed science fiction debut introduces a chilling future and an unforgettable heroine with a powerful role to play in the battle for humanity s survival The machines have risen, but not out of malice They were simply following a command to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history Their solution was perfectly logical To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories She is a clone of herself Trapped in the shadow of the life she once knew, the reincarnated Rhona must find her place among old friends and newfound enemies and quickly For the machines are inching closer to exterminating humans for good And only Rhona, whoever she is now, can save them.

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      • Hayley Stone

        Hayley Stone has lived her entire life in sunny California, where the weather is usually perfect and nothing as exciting as a robot apocalypse ever happens When not reading or writing, she freelances as an editor and graphic designer, falls in love with videogame characters, and analyzes buildings for velociraptor entry points She holds a bachelor s degree in history and a minor in German from California State University, Sacramento.Her debut novel, MACHINATIONS, released from Hydra Random House and was chosen as one of s Best Sci fi and Fantasy Books of 2016 Its sequel, COUNTERPART, was selected as an Best Book of the Month for October of the same year.


    1. I have a love for post-apoc/dystopian literature. I don't read it nearly as often as I used to, because I got a little burned out on it. When my Facebook feed regularly reminds me of my current position in what amounts to a dystopian society, I find myself looking for something different in my books. But I always come back to the topic.Always.It was Fahrenheit 451 that started me down this path, and I think Bradbury would enjoy reading Machinations by Hayley Stone. It's got that same mix of a ch [...]

    2. I read an early draft of the book and absolutely loved it! The characters are all very interesting and I found myself becoming attached to each of their unique personalities (which could be a mistake in a post-apocalyptic setting). The harsh reality of the near extermination of human-kind is balanced by the refreshing optimism of the resistance, who crack equal parts jokes and robot skulls. It was truly a joy to read and I can't wait for the sequel!

    3. Reviewed at my blog: Babbling Books“Stupid technology. Never working when you want it to. Always trying to kill you when you don’t.” I probably have highlighted over 20 quotes from this book. It was very hard to choose what I wanted to put in this review as so many of them were good. I know I can get very quote happy sometimes, but this book was so wonderfully snappy with the dialogue and language I just couldn’t stop myself from highlighting all over the place!No, but in all honestly, w [...]

    4. Their directive: Stop the wars that have plagued the world since time began. It seems like an eventuality more than science fiction. Humans want it all, they want to control everything, but what happens when the machines they create take their directive to a logical conclusion on their own? To end wars, eliminate the cause, the human race…and the war begins in all of its brutal ugliness.Rhona Long became the symbol to rally behind, the voice heard around the world. Not one to shy away from dan [...]

    5. At 9% I was excited by the actionAt 19% I was bored with the characters and felt no connectionAt 39% The characters cemented their place into the cookie cutter hall of fameAt 83% I was looking forward to the ending, I just wanted to be done with it.At 100% I knew I had just read The Terminator meets The Mockingjay.I really have nothing good to say about it. Okay the first 10% had me intrigued. Rhonda was a poorly written character, unbelievable, a cliche'. The story was unoriginal, with ridiculo [...]

    6. So, I got an email pitching this as "Perfect for fans of Red Rising" - which piqued my interest. But then I read the blurb: Perfect for fans of Robopocalypse, this action-packed science-fiction debut introduces a chilling future and an unforgettable heroine with a powerful role to play in the battle for humanity’s survival.The machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution [...]

    7. Clone Girl Kicks ButtMachinations was another one of those reads that I just tore through at breakneck speed.When the singularity comes and the machines rise up against the human world, humanity simply isn’t ready. It’s a bloodbath. Rhona Long is deep in the fight against the machines – and fails. She’s brought back as a clone and needs to continue the fight for humanity among former friends who no longer believe she’s fully human.The book is full of violent battles, awesomely scary me [...]

    8. Although the book is set in the future during a take over by intelligent machines, the themes of love, loyalty and heroism are always appropriate. The kicker in this story is the reanimation of a fallen leader in the form of a clone. While the clone is effective as a replacement for the inspirational leader, the problem comes in the reinstatement of personal relationships. Elements of politics, betrayal and strategies of war are on display as the remains of the human race rises against the intel [...]

    9. Hayley Stone’s MACHINATIONS goes beyond the world building to do what a lot of great science fiction does: explore the question of what it means to be a human.The machinations refer to the overthrow of the human governments of the world by robots, which is like 98.3% likely to happen for real, so you could look at this as kind of a road-map to the future. The other 1.7% is zombie apocalypse. But that’s not really our point here today. As the book opens, the machinations have already happened [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I'm a sucker for science fiction, but usually not near future post-apoc. This really sucked me in though. Obviously all of the correlations to Terminator are here as all the reviews below me indicate, but I think Machinations really brought the human element.The action was great, the story taut, but what really drew me in were the characters. This idea of Rhona "reanimating" herself to continue the fight fascinated me. It's a long-time ques [...]

    11. Oh, hey, look. I finally finished a book. AFTER SO GODDAMN LONG.Someone cheer for me, please. I need it.Not sure what to feel about this one. It had a lot of ups and downs. A lot more downs. STAY TUNED FOR MY COME BACK REVIEW OMG DID U GUYS MISS ME BTW

    12. Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . chinations (Haley Stone)Title: machinationsAuthor: Haley StonePublisher: HydraPublication Date: currently July 26, 2016ISBN: 9780399594373Source: NetGalleySo killer machines and a human clone. That’s what got my attention. I generally find books about what happens when a person is cloned to be interesting. In this particular story, the woman who is cloned (Rhona [...]

    13. MACHINATIONS is what every TERMINATOR sequel after T2 should have been.In her riveting debut, Hayley Stone deftly weaves the story of a woman whose life was literally taken from her, only to be reborn as a clone of herself. Not only is she the hero who must lead the ramshackle remains humanity against their artificial oppressors, Rhona Long also has to reassemble the pieces of her own shattered self and reclaim a life that’s not actually hers. Rhona is a truly badass, but flawed female hero in [...]

    14. 3.5 StarsRead all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes Machinations follows Rhonda, recently returned from the dead (she's a clone of her previous self) because her job, as a hallmark of the rebellion against the machines isn't over. In this robot-apocalypse, where the bots have decided to fight 'the war to end all wars' by exterminating people, what drew me most was the struggles Rhonda had with coming to terms with one) dying and second) coming back. It made a nice and interesting read and I ce [...]

    15. Thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy of this book.I really enjoyed this book! Part Hunger Games, part classic "the machines have taken over", and just a dash of human cloning. Can't wait for the sequel(s)!!Click here for full review.

    16. This book is exactly what my summer had been missing. It'd been a while since I read a strong female-led sci-fi and Machinations delivered across the boards. I was never really a big terminator fan, but this book takes those themes and runs with them in some really intriguing--and thrilling--directions. An incredibly solid debut; I can't wait to see what else Hayley has in store.

    17. [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]1.5 stars. Not quite an OK story for me. There were several deal-breakers here, including the "bland" narrator, the romance part, and the 1st person POV present tense narration, not to mention the science & technology parts that weren't detailed enough.First, present tense: I find it very difficult to make this type of narrative voice work, and often it just doesn't at all. I can't exactly pinpoint how exact [...]

    18. I have already read the second book in the series so I can tell you that the war we see waged by machine intelligence against people is ongoing and gets more violent. This book starts off that way but we quickly see Rhona Long, in Alaska, getting neutralised by robots. Then another version of Rhona has to be woken, told she is a clone, and instructed to continue the fight. This tale is set in Alaska where a band of survivors hide out and rearm. As it's not too long after the war began we get tol [...]

    19. I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of apocalyptic sci-fi--sometimes they hit too close to home! But MACHINATIONS by Hayley Stone was fantastic. I was sucked in by the emotional heft of the first chapter, and the book swept on, fast-paced and full of heart. Rhona Long is a terrific heroine--not flawless, but strong and hard-working and trying hard to make a world for the people she cares about in the wake of a terrifying robot apocalypse. (Really, the story was more frightening for both [...]

    20. Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book to me in exchange for an honest review. Unfortunately I had to DNF this at approximately 50%.I received an email touting "perfect for fans of Red Rising" or something similar that really peaked my interest. Red Rising is a huge favorite of mine, so of course I needed to see what this one was about. And then the synopsis mentioned Robopocalypse and clones. Interesting combination and one that I thought would be interesting.So far what I've [...]

    21. The Matrix meets Mockingjay, with a few hints of Aeon Flux—at least around the clone theme. The action was great, but the high points for me were the character interactions that touch on what it means to be a clone, or a human, in a world where machines have decided we can't make our own choices. Definitely a worthwhile read for science fiction fans. I already pre-ordered the sequel.

    22. Engaging, thrilling look at a post-modern world overrun by robots determined to save the world from humanity. Fast-paced, well-wrought relationships.

    23. ARC REVIEW "By the time Skynet became self-aware it had spread into millions of computer servers across the planet. Ordinary computers in office buildings, dorm rooms, everywhere. It was software in cyberspace. There was no system core. It could not be shut down. The attack began at 6:18 p.m just as he said it would. Judgment Day. The day the human race was nearly destroyed by weapons they'd built to protect themselves. I should have realized our destiny was never to stop Judgment Day. It was me [...]

    24. Machinations is a fast-paced post-apocalyptic sci-fi based in our world in some not-to-distant future where the machines have turned on us. I saw this book compared to the Matrix meets The Hunger Games and as I got further along, I could totally see where that comp came from. Rhona is a Mockingjay type figure in a world that desperately needs heroes. She's a snarky wise-ass much of the time, but she's also caring and extremely likable. She's also a clone of herself which is was a totally new pre [...]

    25. *I received an electronic ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.I just wanted more out of this book. More about the machines - who/what is this higher echelon? How did Rhona's memories of death get transferred if her body was never recovered? Just, eh. I was extremely upset as it was marketed to me as "for fans ofRed Rising " This is not like Red Rising at all!! UPDATE: Just saw there is a sequel, Counterpart, I will not be reading it.

    26. Man vs. machineCaptivating characters. Ingenious plot. Gripping action. Very timely with all the current work on AI. Read this on your vacation so that you don't have to put it down. Where can I find the sequel?

    27. 3.5 StarsFull Review:*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*I went into this book expecting it to be all action and robots but was pleasantly surprised to find it was actually all emotion and people. Yes, there was some action and robots, but that really wasn’t the focus.I was also pleasantly surprised at the way the author didn’t gloss over the clone thing. Because of that, this book ended up being a really thought-provoking look at the emotion [...]

    28. Originally posted on Tales to Tide You OverRise of the machines is a popular premise that is easy to do badly, in my opinion, too often influenced by the Terminator movies. Machinations does have one thing in common with those movies in that much of the book occurs at a dead run. However, just when I thought it would stay that way, the book segues into a multilayered people story that asks questions of personhood and personality as well as looking at what it takes to step forward and become a he [...]

    29. In this first installment of the Machinations series, author Hayley Stone gives readers an interesting and mechanical twist on her version of the apocalypse. In this new and altered world, machines are now the enemy. Once a manmade creation that was supposed to benefit humans, the machines have staged a coup and have essentially turned against their creators. The machines want the humans destroyed; the surviving humans have no other alternative than to hide deep underground and find a way to sto [...]

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