Clara Gutierrez is a highly-skilled technician specializing in the popular ‘Raise’ AI companions. Her childhood in a migrant worker family has left her uncomfortable with lingering in any one place, so she sticks around just long enough to replenish her funds before she moves on, her only constant companion Joanie, a fierce, energetic Raise hummingbird.
Sal is a fully autonomous robot, the creation of which was declared illegal ages earlier due to ethical concerns. She is older than the law, however, at best out of place in society and at worst hated. Her old master is long dead, but she continues to run the tea shop her master had owned, lost in memories of the past, slowly breaking down, and aiming to fulfill her master’s dream for the shop.
When Clara stops by Sal’s shop for lunch, she doesn’t expect to find a real robot there, let alone one who might need her help. But as they begin to spend time together and learn more about each other, they both start to wrestle with the concept of moving on
Less Than Three Press
March 16, 2016
OMG, I loved this, at first, I couldn't get past the first chapter but after closing it and returning back hours later I fell in love with it.
I love how Clara and Sal have this thing that is somewhat romantic but doesn't really have a name, it's warm and fuzzy and it's probably what home feels like.
Dear God, I love Joanie, that damned bird had me laughing, for an AI she has a crap load of sass.
In terms of originality, this book definitely had it in spades. the character arc was different from what I expected but then again one of the characters is an AI that's almost three hundred years, so that's to be expected.
What I loved the most was how the Author added emotion, body language and an impulse to a robot- for lack of better word. The description and imagery were so vivid and compelling that once I got past the first page I couldn't stop reading it.
I’m definitely looking forward to more books by Meredith Katz.