- File Size: 3934 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Norn Publishing (January 24, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 24, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0799XTY2Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,739 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid 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.