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- ASIN : B0799XTY2Y
- Publisher : Norn Publishing (January 24, 2018)
- Publication date : January 24, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3934 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 180 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,825,461 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I think the author did a really good job with setting up a not too distant future where sentient androids have taken over the world, and humans are relegated to a subservient class, discarded on the apparent whims of the androids. The characters were relatable, although sometimes not likable, which rendered them more real for me. I found the pacing of the novel to be excellent. The science jargon was simple enough for me to understand (which it would have to be).
Liz's personal journey is kept close to the vest. And yet, the author does a good job of hinting at her priorities and attitudes shifting. This was, I think, the most masterful stroke in the writing. Liz's ultimate actions don't come out of the blue, and yet, they sort of do. On the one hand, I would have appreciated knowing more of how she did change (that's the nosy part of me), but I also think not knowing made it kind of perfect.
One thing that I think would have added some richness to the novel is to have explored in more detail the relationships between the resistance movement members: how they personally got involved, what their connections were before they actively became the resistance, etc. I think this may have added a greater emotional depth to their suffering as it is revealed through the novel.
Another element that I would have liked to have seen explored is whether the androids developed individual personalities. In this novel, the androids are portrayed as very much a monolithic cluster (them vs us). I think there would have been room for some even more interesting conundrums and ethical questions if the individuality of sentient androids (even at the model level) had been explored. The lack of this in no way influenced my enjoyment of the novel, but it's definitely an avenue that I think would enhance the reading experience.
I received a free copy of this novel through Voracious Readers Only.
Top reviews from other countries
It's no action-filled apocalypse or anything, and it occasionally feels a bit shallow (like, there's five or so people involved and what's the rest of the world doing?). It also doesn't seem entirely plausible that it'd all happen so quickly and everyone would just go "yeah sure we'll go along with it".
But these things aside it's a good, thoughtful book with interesting topics. I felt the ending was a bit weak - but within tolerances. Worth a read overall, if you are in the mood for something like this.
I didn’t think that this story had the same chops as Sarah Ettritch’s other works. The ending was unsatisfying with the moral of the story being, apparently, sometimes genocide is okay? If they really deserve it? It felt contrived, where Sarah’s other stories felt like they brought us to the end more naturally. Some of the relationships were heartwarming, but the rest felt like filler.