Review: A Robot In The Garden by Deborah Install

Novel: A Robot In The Garden

Author: Deborah Install

Published: June 30th, 2015

This book was generously

This book was generously sent to me for review from Penguin Random House. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


This story follows a man named Ben Chambers who has been in a downfall ever since the death of his parents. His wife Amy feels he is not carrying his weight around the house since as he does not work, and is frustrated with Ben’s lack of motivation. Everything seems to be going poorly for Ben, until one day he stumbles across a robot in his garden named Tang. Tang does not speak English, or so Ben thinks, and will not listen to a word Ben says. Amy thinks the best thing to do is to get ride of this old rusty robot and trade “it” in for a new android, but Ben disagrees. Tang will not come into the house despite Ben’s pleads, and Amy is not impressed with his decision to keep the robot.

Deborah Install takes the reader on an adventure of a life time.


Who was my favourite character and why?

Tang was hands (or maybe grabber) down my favourite character. When we first met him in Ben’s garden, Tang was a shy solitary robot, but as the story progresses we learn more and more about Tang’s personality. Tang’s back story also becomes apparent as the novel develops and we are introduced to the person that created this old fashion, rustic robot.

Were the characters relatable and/or believable?

Ben and Amy’s conflict seem realistic, and it was justifiable to see where each character was coming from. Ben was grieving the loss of his parents and was angry about their tragic passing. Amy believes that enough time has passed and that Ben should learn to move past his parents death and make something of his life. Tang, although he was a robot, seemed to have the most relatable and realistic personality out of all the character’s in this novel. I enjoyed the way the characters interacted with each other, and in difficult situations.

Did the story keep you on the edge of your seat?

Yes! this book was definitely a page turner, as I was always wanting to know what happened next to Ben and his lovely robot Tang. It was a quick read, and an easy book to pick up when I had a spare moment or even a few hours to read!

Something I would change about the novel?

Honestly, I enjoyed this book just the way it was.


Deborah Install was able to create a great summer read! I enjoyed the characters and the way they were able to interact with each other, both in good and bad situations. I adored the plot line and the way the story unfolded, as well as the adventure this novel takes the reader on. This is definitely a book you should pick up this summer!

I would give this novel 4 out of 5 tea mugs, a must read summer novel!

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What are your thoughts on robots? Will you be picking up A Robot In The Garden by Deborah Install this summer? Let me know in the comments!

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