A new type of novel that combines mystery, sci-fi and thriller.
- Book Intro
"Robot Teacher, the first novel by the 25-year-old rookie writer Lee Heejun, is a perfect blend of mystery, sci-fi, thriller, and coming-of-age story, which offers a whole new kind of entertainment through the fusion of multiple genres and captivating storyline.
What stands out most in this novel is the amusing narrative that successfully highlights the beauty of each genre. The plot strongly grabs readers’ attention throughout, proceeding seamlessly from the cheerful beginning to the urgent middle part, and an ending that leaves a powerful feeling behind. The logical and intelligent humor created by the thorough and creative process of reasoning reminds us of such classic mystery books as the Sherlock Holmes series, and the dynamic chases and action sequences make our hands sweat like a Hollywood blockbuster. In other words, the book has perfectly utilized the head (reasoning) and body (action) together, demonstrating what it means to “capture readers through a story.” The fast-flowing yet smooth sentences support the dynamic narrative even further.
Another major strength of this novel is the characters. The protagonist, the AI robot named Gauss, is a humane and gentle teacher, who also plays the detective in pursuit of truth using its reasoning capability that surpasses that of humans. And Gauss, in turn, is chased by an old lady called Seon Yu-Han. Normally she is an ordinary and kind lady who works part-time at a restaurant, but since her grandson’s death, she pursues the robot ahead of the police with her dogged determination and remarkable reasoning. Combined with other original characters, the book creates a realistic and unique air — and a sense of fun, which sets it apart from other teen novels. While investigating a murder, the robot has conflicts with inhumane humans, during which it struggles to keep its own humane qualities. In this way, the book addresses the question of relationships and humanity, and the final decision of Gauss at the end resonates strongly across readers’ hearts.
It has been quite a while since we saw a genre fiction that has a powerful storyline and unique characteristics. The gripping story, fast plotline development, and urgent incidents appear without ceasing, giving no chance for the reader to feel bored or put down the book. To all mystery and sci-fi fans, as well as general readers who like stories in themselves, we strongly recommend this new type of genre fiction from Korea, a new level in teen literature.
The film rights in Korea were recently sold. Readers will soon be able to watch the movie version of the book. "
- About the Author
Born in 1995 in Seoul, author Lee Heejun was born and raised in Yangcheon-gu. He has had an interest in genre fiction and movies since childhood and spent his teen years going to school and learning institutes in Mokdong. He has put together the strengths of his favorite genres and wrote his first novel Robot Teacher. Currently, he is a philosophy major at Soongsil University.
Recommended by School Library Journal (2021)