The One Who Turned Them On

The Energy Scavengers

Book 2
Ryan Sean O'Reilly
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On a planet exclusively populated by alien robots, machines struggle to
find purpose after abandonment by their creators. Kairos, the highly
intelligent and massive weather-machine, monitors the world with cold
academic curiosity atop of the great canyon system. He cares only for
storms and other significant meteorological events. While below, common
worker-bots scavenge daily to find scraps of power that will allow them
to subsist in this increasingly savage environment. The Body, a growing
robot-collective, is slowly taking over the canyons and oppressing all
those that resist its will. Viewing any free power source as a threat,
The Body, moves to enlist Kairos in its quest to destroy a mythic,
sky-deity who has been benevolently restoring power to injured and
disabled machines. Only Ophis, an insignificant and crippled worker-bot,
stands in the path of this nefarious task. Will Kairos look beyond his
own self-interests, or will he too kow-tow to the collective?



Series Overview: This is the second installment in a robot-themed
series which tells the story exclusively through the eyes of machines.
The works are interconnected but can stand on their own.

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I took to books at an early age and can still remember my father reading J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit to me at bedtime. When I could read on my own, my mother brought home books from the library for my siblings and me. She tells me, that I would look at the covers and say "not interested", but if she left them on my night stand I couldn't help, but devour them--the genres and titles didn't seem to matter. Growing up the oldest of five children outside the city of Chicago, our house was always teeming with activity--so it may be no wonder that I enjoyed staying up late to read when things were quiet. There was always something transcendent about disappearing into another world while the rest of the house slept. Books taught me so much about myself and the world around.

I've crossed through a few different genres trying to find my voice but mostly dwell in fantasy, science fiction, and literary fiction. A few authors who have inspired me are: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Frank Herbert, Richard Adams, J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams and William Shakespeare.

Official website: www.ryanseanoreilly.com

 

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Ryan Sean O'Reilly
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Nov 24, 2013
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9780985426538
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