Your Robot Dog Will Die is my newest book. It's a YA novel that was published in April 2018, by Soho Teen.
Robot Dog is about dogs, and robot dogs, and love - and about doing what's right even when it is very hard. The book is set at a dog sanctuary off the coast of Florida, which is home to the last dogs on earth.
My aim with Robot Dog is to tell a great and compelling story, that'll also make readers want to go adopt a dog. (Or two or three.)
You can find out more about Robot Dog, and my hopes and dreams for the book, in this Q&A published in BarkPost.
For business-type inquiries: My agent is Emily Sylvan Kim, president of Prospect Agency.
People are saying some very nice things about Your Robot Dog Will Die. Here's a little sampling:
A Children's Book Council 'Hot Off the Press' Pick for April
YALSA's 2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
Winner of Creative Loafing's 'Best of the Bay' Award for Best Local author
Praise for Your Robot Dog Will Die
"This book is weird, and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible."
—Eric Smith, Paste Magazine
"Our most anticipated indie YA."
—Barnes & Noble Teen Blog
"The novel explores the gap between human intention and impact . . . A provocative reflection on humanity's increasingly damaging effects on the natural world."
"A thought-provoking story line . . . Quirky details and imaginative tech characterize the simultaneously futuristic and off-the-grid environment of Dog Island."
"There is no putting down this fun, quirky read."
—The New Barker
"An unusual, quirky book with unexpected twists and turns . . . it kept me turning the pages."
—Pet Connection Magazine
"One of the most thought-provoking books I have read this year . . . [an] engrossing tale that, while exploring brutal actions, ends in a way guaranteed to warm hearts."
—Best Friends Magazine
"A really remarkable book."
—Book Riot, "Hey YA" Podcast
"Skirts the line between science fiction and speculative fiction . . . a unique story well-suited to reluctant readers."
—YALSA's 2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
"It's an intense read, sure to leave an impression, and readers will likely have difficulty getting Dog Island out of their heads."
"This book definitely creates an interesting philosophical conundrum. Readers will enjoy Greenwood tackling ethical dilemmas around life, suffering and what it means to take care of the world around us."
—RT Book Reviews
“Tacitly challenges our notions of kindness and our world view of bioethics . . . The way she weaves this delightfully heartbreaking, comically sobering dystopian story sets her work apart from most dystopian YA.”
"Fast-paced and entertaining . . . Arin has a deft touch."
"A meaningful read for teens and adults of all ages."
"I loved the book! It's so well done—I was hooked from the get-go. Plus, if you're conversant with the world of animal welfare, it's hard not to see Your Robot Dog Will Die as a gripping allegory."
—Duncan Strauss, host of "Talking Animals"
"It is a great read, and she is a brilliant writer."
—Raise the Woof Podcast
"It’s a perfect beach read . . . It poses a humongous question: What is suffering? But author Arin Greenwood delivers her response in a funny, thought-provoking, and quick-moving novel."
—Oh My Dog! blog
"This novel is a perfect choice for animal lovers, adventure lovers, and those who enjoy books with unique plots. Anyone who rescues animals? It’s a must-read!"
—Pamela Kramer, Huffington Post contributor and animal advocate
"Robot Dog weds sci-fi adventure to a heart-tugging human/canine love story, and the result is an unforgettable read. I adored this book and couldn’t put it down!"
—Gwen Cooper, New York Times bestselling author of Homer's Odyssey and My Life in a Cat House
"Funny, fresh, and self-assured, Your Robot Dog Will Die is a charming, gripping speculative look at the darker side of animal activism. Read this book! Your human brain will thank you."
—Micol Ostow, bestselling author of Mean Girls
"A wild little tale that dances on the edge of your heartstrings . . . This book had me overcome with feelings of hope, anguish, fear, and inspiration. Arin's distinct ability to capture the world that we are careening toward if we are not careful left me feverishly turning pages in hopes that there is a way to save us all from such a bleak future, a world without our best furry friends. I could not put this book down!"
—Deidre Franklin, founder of Pinups for Pit Bulls and author of The Pit Bull Life: A Dog Lover's Companion
"Satisfying and wistful, with an ending that will thrill every animal rescuer out there. Impossible to put down."
—Debby McMullen, author of How Many Dogs: Using Positive Reinforcement to Manage a Multiple Dog Household
"Your Robot Dog Will Die is a fascinating and well-written novel that will make both lovers of dystopian fiction and animals want to wag their tail."
—Annie England Noblin, author of Sit! Stay! Speak! and Pupcakes
"Arin Greenwood tackles animal welfare challenges like no one has before. Do we save animals? Do we challenge the way things are and have always been? According to Greenwood, the answer is yes. And I could not agree more."
—Shannon Glenn, Executive Director of My Pit Bull is Family
"Your Robot Dog Will Die is best read with a warm puppy in your lap. Don't have one? This book will make you want to head to your nearest shelter and pick up a furry companion. Everyone who loves a rescue animal should read this smart YA novel."
—Erin Ruberry, editor of the "In Better News" newsletter
“A fun and engaging romp through a slightly upended future . . . deals with some of our most pressing animal-ethics issues with lovable dogs (real and not real).”
—Susan Houser, Out the Front Door blog
"This story was definitely different than any others that I’ve read previously."
—Chapter 2 Books (Hudson, WI)