Rex ... a true hero?

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Re: Rex ... a true hero?

Post by Samy Lax » 08 Aug 2018, 22:02

Absolutely, Rex seems to synonymous with free will. I whooped with excitement when Rex overcame his programming. What a hero! Say he had just followed his programming - then Agent Sliver's character would have ended much differently.
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Post by Beth KG » 09 Aug 2018, 12:40

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In the context of this book, yes, Rex is a true hero. I don't think I have ever seen an AI entity decide to go against its programming in quite this manner in any other book. In addition, it caused him pain but he fought the pain to do what he perceived as being right. I do think he was a device to move the plot forward and allow Sliver to accomplish things he wouldn't have otherwise. But isn't that the whole point of any character in any plot? To move the story forward?

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Post by amandathebibliophile » 09 Aug 2018, 13:03

Agreed: Rex rules! Hilarious and indeed a great commentary on what freedom really means. I thought the author did well by bringing Rex into the story.

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Post by David Horta Alonso » 10 Aug 2018, 08:17

I agree, there was maturity in his character. The ending was just okay.

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Post by Fozia-Bajwa » 10 Aug 2018, 12:49

Rex was a pleasant character in the story after Kelly.

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Post by ValBookReviews » 13 Aug 2018, 00:00

Not particularly because I honestly did not care so much for Rex. He's a piece of work.
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Post by Sharon2056 » 13 Aug 2018, 07:50

Rex is my hero in the book, I loved how funny he was and how the end unfolded, I never expected that.

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Post by Kemunto lucy » 14 Aug 2018, 04:07

Rex is not necessarily a hero. He is a character of convenience. His change of plans is planned since in the first place he is not controlled by emotions.

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Post by Kibetious » 14 Aug 2018, 06:11

This is true. It is amazing to read how a cyborg that is normally programmed could end up having freedom of choice and hence choosing to help his friend. I do support that the story could have ended differently had Rex chosen not to support Agent Silver.
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Post by Kibetious » 14 Aug 2018, 06:13

A hero is anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem and is also there to help others through the difficulties of life. Reading how much Rex was able to help Agent Silver, he is fit to be called a hero. Rex, indeed, is a true hero.
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Post by David Horta Alonso » 16 Aug 2018, 00:16

He was a supportive character. He helps his friends though I wouldn't recognise him as a super hero.

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Post by CheyenneR » 18 Aug 2018, 15:50

I really enjoyed Rex, he was the typical crass sidekick but it was such a perfect compliment to Silver and Kelly that I was happy when he got some "screen time". I liked him even more by the end of the book when he made the decision to go against his programming. It was a little bit of a surprise and I found it refreshing.

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Post by Barrygab » 22 Aug 2018, 22:41

To me I can't agree with the assertion that Rex is a true hero in this work of art, for him to have go against the completion of his programming. Also, Rex can easily be swayed by what's happening around him. For this, a true hero have to be static from beginning to the end and not changing Everytime to the environmental factors.

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Post by holsam_87 » 23 Aug 2018, 23:39

Rex made me laugh a lot with his quips and sense of humor.
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Post by Cher432 » 25 Aug 2018, 13:02

I felt like he was only there to be a contrast to Agent Silver and a convenient plot device at the end. However, I must agree that he was a breath of fresh air in the book.

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