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YOU SHOULDN'T CALL ME MOMMY is narrated by 32-year-old therapist Ray, who was raised by a humaniform "Mom" after the death of his parents in a car accident when he was six years old. Ray's older brother Ian, who was eighteen at the time of their parents' death, hasn't seen or spoken to Ray in fourteen years. Something happened when Ray turned eighteen that tore the brothers apart.Read more ›
Humaniforms have become caregivers in this society, rather than workers or fighters as I would usually see in other stories in this genre. They are used as foster parents for orphaned children, caretakers for the disabled and elderly, and as babysitters for children. This system is supervised by humans called Guardians, who determine if or when people need humaniforms to take care of them, and Guardians can also require people to get therapy, this is a main point of the story as the protagonist's older brother, Ian, hates humaniforms, and was also the one who got rid of Jay's humaniform, who he had a deep emotional attachment to (hence the title of this book)
The problem is deeper than it seems, and as one reads along, one realizes that the system, despite it being designed to help people, has its flaws. This leads to a few surprising twists, one of which includes Jay's own wife, and another one which involves the Guardians. No, I'm not going to say what they are. But this is a good book, and if I can be surprised by a twist, the author has done a good job. Kudos! I'd be interested in seeing more books set in the universe this author has created.
What makes a family?
What relationship do we have with machines? And is that relationship healthy?
Does government have the right to decide what's best for a child, or a family?
What is truly real? And how do our perceptions of reality affect us?
Susan Tsui brings up all these questions and more through her compelling novel, and deals with the answers from a variety of angles. Science fiction often affords us the best opportunity to examine current issues from a safe distance, and Tsui uses the genre very well here.
Jay Chen is forced to confront the various realities of his life, including his past, when his long-absent brother turns up to ask a favor. The world of the novel is not so different from our own (in fact, it's easy to see how we could get there in a few decades), and is fully realized, as are the characters and their relationships. The book is a fun read, but it you will find yourself asking all of these questions, both for yourself and for the society we're creating. There are no clear-cut answers, but that's the book's greatest strength: it allows you to come to your own conclusions after seeing situations from many sides. A truly thought-provoking book that's well worth your time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting story that explores how the world might be if robots raised (or helped to raise) children. Looking forward to reading more by the author.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
It was too slow for me and not enough action. I never related to or cared about any of the characters.Published 23 months ago by Miss Mac
As a voracious reader, I often download free or inexpensive books from Amazon for my Kindle to feed my addition. I'm usually disappointed. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Jo Blow
So many emotions here. I love it when a book will leave me not just satisfied, but wondering about the "What if's".Published on June 24, 2013 by Donna Taylor
I really enjoyed the way the author wrote this book. The way the subject matter presented itself, and took you through this future life style of brotherhood. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Joseph S. Leo
I enjoyed this book. I usually don't care very much for futuristic type books, but the way this was written made it very enjoyable.Published on June 6, 2013 by Vivian Ryan
I really wasn't into this book though I read it all the way through. it was boring to me and most likely because it was about Robotic parental units and an emotional connection. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Kindle Customer
One thing this book isn't is predictable. You might think you know where it's going, but each time you do it takes a twist that shows you were mistaken. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by D. Richards
I found this a good first effort. The story kept my attention, and the morality behind the story was very good.Published on April 27, 2013 by Judy Burgraff