Garbage: An MM Robot Romance (The SPARK Files Book 1) by Reese Morrison

In a world where robots can become sentient and independent, a lone sanitation collecting robot finds itself yearning for more experiences and memories. Evan befriends Quincy, helping to educate and protect the growing interests of the childlike android. But Evan starts to have romantic feelings towards Quincy, who he is sure will eventually leave him behind as Quincy learns more and matures and finds there are so many much more interesting things in the world than Evan. What Evan doesn't realize is that he is more important to Quincy than anything he has learned and his feelings of love override everything else he has ever felt.

From the blurb for Garbage:

Evan isn’t brave.

But when he hears a group of Human Firsters attacking a garbage collection bot, he has to step in. He rescues an undiscovered SPARK, a self-aware robot who’s never experienced life outside of his collection route and the miserable, gray trash depot he’s assigned to.

Evan wants to help. But he might have underestimated just how cute Quincy can be. Or just how difficult it would be living with a sexy robot who’s exactly his type. But if Evan couldn’t get his crappy exes to stick around, how could he ever capture Quincy’s interest?

Quincy loves flowers growing in sidewalk cracks. He loves making food in Evan’s kitchen, even though he can’t eat it. Oh, and jokes. Quincy loves jokes. He’s kind of even getting good at them.

But most of all, he loves Evan.

As Quincy settles into his new life, he can't escape from prejudice against SPARKs. Evan is everything he wants, if only he can stay off the Human Firsters’ radar long enough to win his love.

Garbage is a hurt/comfort story with a cuddliest android you’ve ever met and a sweet, submissive man who wishes he were good enough to deserve him. It has sloth jokes, a kidnapping, an android trying to figure out humanity (and paperclips!), body positivity, and kinky fun with some extra robot appendages…

Note: Trigger warnings for hate speech, on-page assault, and body shaming (with plenty of support, humor, and acceptance, too.)

SNik's Review:

First in series (The SPARK Files). Science fiction. Hurt/comfort. Light BDSM. Dual POV. Heed content warnings. 

When Evan stumbles upon humans assaulting a sanitation robot, he does his best to help, not realizing that the robot is actually a SPARK, an android that has jumped into consciousness, has emotions, experiences and memories of his own. With Evan’s help Quincy begins his journey of self-discovery, and their relationship grows, but Evan doesn’t want to take advantage of Quincy’s innocent nature even as he becomes more and more attracted to him. 

This story is a little bit different, with a robot that has insecurities, learning its humanity and how to love and a kind human trying to protect and nurture someone experiencing all kinds of things for the first time. 

There is some angst to Quincy’s bid for independence, which include bureaucratic barriers and physical violence, but there are also some supportive and helpful characters outside of Evan that assist Quincy along the way. 

Quincy is a sweet and optimistic character met step for step by a caring and supportive Evan, which of course leads them to deeper feelings.

Very entertaining and heartwarming, I am looking forward to more from this series.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Miki J's Review:

Well this novel is such an entertainingly brilliant read!!! At the beginning, it did give me "Wall-E" vibe but as I got into the novel more and the world-building, it took off on it's own tangent... it's own "spark" you could say (hehehehe).  

Very well written story with great storyline, world-building, characters and plot!! It’s sweet and adorable with mid-angst (there are a couple of scenes which could be triggering)… but overall, a wonderful romantic tale…with some spicy extras!!  

This book turned out to be a wonderful surprise and I look forward to next in series!!

Rating: 5 Stars

Nicole's Review:

I adored this book!!! Quincy must be the most adorable character Reese has ever written! It’s no wonder Evan wants to keep him all to himself. I really loved that we got to see Quincy start with all his memory errors and joy in learning about everything. Evan was a fantastic character in his own right, so sweet and supportive. 

This was my first foray into a book with an android MC and I wasn’t sure if it would be for me. This blew me away. We really got to see Q grow into his humanity. I loved how even though Evan wasn’t a big tough guy he always stepped up to protect Q. And I was not expecting this but OMG the smexy scenes were HOT! 🥵🥵🥵🥵 

I can’t wait to see what kind of SPARk they have planned for Ben in the next book. I am jumping for joy that this will be a full series. 

Rating: 5 Stars

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