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Dragon has written this second novel in the universe of Re-Wired, but it works as a stand-alone. It's impossible to miss the potential for further stories within this world of synthetic almost-humans--the 'restrained' living a life of servitude and exploitation, sexual and otherwise. The un-biased reader will consider that "synthetics are the next step in our evolution as humans . . . that [a] soul should be able to occupy any form that has a working brain."
There is more telling than showing in this story, it's like a minute-by-minute summary recorded by an impartial observer. Perhaps a first person perspective would work for Tricia, around whom the story wraps. While the characters were likable, they lacked warmth, even the human ones. This is a short, quick read and a good introduction to Greg Dragon's works.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
When we first meet Tricia in this book, she has been "passing" as human. She was what humans considered dangerous: an "unrestrained" android, which means she was living freely on her own, and not owned by any humans. There were bounty hunters who were on the lookout for unrestrained androids, and she always had to be very careful not to give herself away, lest she be captured. (Yes, this sounds very familiar to anyone who has studied U.S. history).
Suddenly, the story shifts to Bonnie O'Neal, a human who wakes up in a hospital, after having been viciously attacked by some hoodlums, who she believes might have been sent by her ex-husband after a nasty divorce. As a result of the attack, she lost much of her memory. She only remembers a few things from her recent years, such as where she works and her position in the firm, her acrimonious divorce and her ex-husband, but little else. She has no memory of her childhood, her parents, her early life, or anything else. But she meets Sal, a police detective investigating the assault, who becomes her sidekick in this story, protects her from those who are after her, and tries to help her remember her past. By this time, I figured out the connection between Tricia and Bonnie, but I won't give it away, although I'm sure you'll figure it out right away like I did.
From here, the story evolves into a roller coaster ride of trying to find answers, and trying to avoid being caught, with the help of Sal and a young man named Stephen whom she meets along the way. And there are some questions that need to be answered. Is it possible for an android to have enough human intelligence and freedom of thought to actually plan and commit murder? And in such a way that no one will know that a murder has been committed? And what really happened to Bonnie? Fortunately, this book does not leave you hanging, and all of these questions are thoroughly answered by the time you reach the ending.
Although this story is science fiction, something like this could very well become real in the not-too-distant future. After all, there are many things we take for granted today, which were inconceivable 100 years ago. Who would have thought back then, that a child could have two mothers, the one who provided the eggs, and the one who provided the womb? That a mother could give birth to twins of different fathers? That a person could be born with one set of lungs, or heart, or liver, or other organ, and later die with a completely different set of organs than the ones you were born with? Or that you could carry almost all the information available in the world, in a little gadget in your pocket? None of these things existed back then but are commonplace now, so who's to say that 100 years from now, we won't have human-looking androids, with human intelligence, living among us?
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I am happy to say that I loved this book, and it fully deserves five stars. I am actually hoping there will be a third Tricia book. I'd like to meet all of these characters again in a new story.
This is a sequel but I didn't realize that until after I started it. It didn't hinder my reading experience. I didn't feel I'd missed anything but I do plan to read the first simply because I'd like to spend more time with Tricia.
The beginning and middle are strong. The ending falters some, which is why my solid 4.5 rating dipped to a 3.5 but I rounded up to 4 stars.
I received an ARC for an honest review.
More fun android and mechaphilia action, and like it’s predecessor, SWF asks the question on what makes a person a person and tackles the ever-looming prejudice we as a society face each day.
I look forward to the final Anstractor book, and the 2016 collaborative web serial Greg is doing. Four and a half stars easily. Be sure to pick up Single Wired Female when the digital version comes out in March 2016.
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