Originally published: March 2018
Author: Cass Hunter
Published by: Trapeze
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 357 pages
Reading dates: 1-4 December 2018
Rachel and Aidan have been married for 18 years, are very much in love and have a 15 year old daughter Chloe. Life is busy – Rachel is a brilliant high-flying scientist while Aidan works for a recruitment consultancy. When Rachel dies suddenly, Aidan and Chloe are left devastated. But Rachel has a surprise for them – she and her colleague Luke at Telos Robotics had created a robot in the exact image of Rachel, with very sophisticated AI and who has all of Rachel’s memories. It is called iRachel.
This made me think of the Channel 4 series, Humans which showed us a world where subservient, anthropomorphic robots — known as ‘Synths’ — have become the norm for mankind. I loved this book – it is told from multiple viewpoints which I like. It is a story of life, death, grief and recovery. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away by talking about it in detail here but it is a beautiful book which moved me to tears with it’s depiction of grief. I enjoyed the technical descriptions of the AI technology – not too difficult to understand but not dumbed down either. Both heart-breaking and heart-warming, this is an unusual mix of science fiction and chick lit which I really enjoyed.
Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Trapeze books for having me on this #12DaysofChristmas Blog Tour.
About the author:
Cass Hunter was born in South Africa and moved to the UK in 2000. She lives in North London with her husband and two sons. Cass Hunter is the pen name of Rosie Fiore, whose novels include After Isabella, What She Left, Babies in Waiting and Wonder Women.