The follow-up to MACHINATIONS,
a robot apocalypse story
set in Alaska, is military themed from the start. Now the
Russian soldiers have arrived in Alaska, all maimed though,
all bitter that the Chinese have better quarters. Rhona
Long, the cloned girl who has risen to lead the American
group, is seen as a lucky symbol by some, though she
doesn't encourage it. Little does she know that her
COUNTERPART is aiding the machine army that wants to kill
Pretty quickly the story descends to desperation as the
McKinley base is attacked by machines laden with bombs.
Rhona and her friend Zelda struggle through a room of
injured people to get to where they can do some good. But
their friends Camus and Ulrich are missing, somewhere in
the robot-infested base. Rona wants to lead a resistance,
but she has to listen to Zelda telling her that all they
can do is escape. Later the tale moves to Calgary, a major
supplier of integrated circuits for the robots, making it a
target for the resistance.
I always have this problem with war stories, on film or in
books. If they make war look casual and easy, it's wrong.
But if they make the story too true to life, and death, I
don't enjoy reading it.
Cloning is also a major issue in COUNTERPART as once more
Hayley Stone invites us to consider the notion of identity
and free choice. If a clone is artificial, does that make
it more likely to aid a machine army? Or does the flesh and
blood clone stem from humanity making it more likely to aid
humans? Is a clone a real person, or even a different
person to the original? Do memories count for anything in
Almost all pages contain words relating to violence,
weapons and death. I freely admit that this doesn't fit
with my ideal read, so while I admire the focus on a young
woman leading the struggle for survival, I didn't enjoy the
book all that much. Discretion is advised if buying this
book COUNTERPART for an underage reader, but it's perfectly
suited for a New Adult reader.
The high-intensity sci-fi thriller series that began with
Machinations continues as reincarnated insurgent
Rhona Long faces off against the one enemy she can’t outwit:
her own clone.
The machines believed their extermination of the human race
would be over as quickly as it began. They were wrong. As
the war against extinction intensifies, people are beginning
to gain the upper hand.
Commander Rhona Long understands survival better than most.
Killed in combat, she was brought back to life using her
DNA, and she’s forged a new, even more powerful identity.
Now the leader of the resistance, she’s determined to ensure
the machines are shut down for good.
But victory is elusive. The machines have a new technology
designed to overcome humanity’s most advanced weaponry.
Despite Rhona’s peacekeeping efforts, former nations are
feuding over resources as old power struggles resurface.
Worse, someone inside the resistance is sabotaging the human
cause—someone who, from all appearances, seems to be Rhona .
. . or her exact replica.