Andy Marino / Oct 25, 2020

Autonomous 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

  • Title: Autonomous
  • Author: Andy Marino
  • ISBN: 9781484773901
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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

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      • Andy Marino

        Andy Marino was born and raised in upstate New York He spent his childhood orchestrating Lego pirate battles, drawing detailed maps of imaginary video games, and cheating death in Choose Your Own Adventure books Profoundly influenced by the work of J.R.R Tolkien and the movie Bloodsport, he started writing his first novel at the age of eleven Tragically, THE RUNES OF ILLIARM was never completed.During his teen years, Andy designed sets for school plays and became an expert stockpiler of unfinished art projects After graduating from NYU with a bachelor s degree in English, he dedicated himself to writing fiction The insidious tractor beam of online social networks like this one became the inspiration for UNISON SPARK, a novel about two teens with a secret past fighting the manipulative, all consuming social network of the future.


    1. 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 would [...]

    2. **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 serio [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 technol [...]

    6. 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 i [...]

    7. // 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 anythin [...]

    8. 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 ho [...]

    9. 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 soci [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 roa [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 goi [...]

    15. 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 t [...]

    16. ~~~ 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 [...]

    17. 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 fr [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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 b [...]

    20. 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 medi [...]

    21. 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. (St [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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' [...]

    24. 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.

    25. 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.

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