- File Size: 2298 KB
- Print Length: 29 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Apex Publications (September 16, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 16, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009CDXW24
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #36 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
- #48 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > LGBT
- #62 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Lesbian Fiction
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This story scared me a little. I felt so strongly for Alice… the machine girl, the girl who gave up her humanity to protect humans. She sacrificed her eyes so she could use machines to watch over her colony. She’s connected to the machines with hideous tubes, but no one else can do what she does – calculate the solar winds and evaluate the orbits of asteroids.
The author does a really excellent job of simultaneously producing body-horror and creating empathy for Alice. Her body was broken, but her soul wasn’t.
I wanted better things for Alice, and part of me wanted to kick her caretaker, Marika, in the teeth. But I understood that Alice needed Marika. And in some way, Marika needed Alice.
I haven’t read a story like this in a long time, and it really moved me. It’s a dark story, but it isn’t sad. There’s nothing sad here… it’s just an incredibly thoughtful story that examines what it means to be human.
At first, I ached along with Alice, understanding her sensory deprivation and her need for Marika's questionable attentions. If I was trapped in that way, I'm sure I'd be dying for any form of affection and human comfort that I could get. But as the story progresses, as Alice is freed of her prison, as she makes strides toward becoming more independent, the twisted love affair becomes even more bizarre, and I felt like I needed a shower after a few twists and turns of the plot.
This is a powerful story of love and power issues, of interdependence, and of forbidden love gone feral. It's a strange attractor, and despite my mix of excitement and revulsion at different points of the story, I know I'll be back to read it again.
Part of Pelland's genius is that it ends with the main character getting what she wants and yet, I didn't feel like it was a happy ending at all.
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