Author: Jamie Davis
Genre: New Adult, Science Fiction
Rating: 3 Stars
She was raised to fear them. But now she’s become her own worst enemy…
America, 2055. Cass is equal parts excited and nervous to leave her Sapiens Movement enclave. Stepping away from her technologically-conservative family for the first time, she sets off for college with dreams of saving humanity. But as the Sapiens girl falls for her cybernetically-enhanced roommate, her deeply programmed beliefs begin to glitch…
Confused in a world that no longer makes sense, Cass barely registers the horrific accident that leaves her near death. When she wakes up, she discovers the same technology she’s always hated is the only thing keeping her alive. No longer purely human, Cass questions everything she thought she knew about good and evil.
As tensions between man and machine head for a meltdown, Cass must choose a side before the conflict turns deadly…
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
There were some things about this book that I really liked, and then others, not so much. On the one hand, the writing was clear and easy to read. The narrative voice flowed well and there weren’t any noticeable typos. For the most part, I enjoyed the plot and characters – but that isn’t to say there weren’t flaws.
The romance between Shelby and Cass didn’t feel genuine or even like a romance at all. Although I applaud the author in being progressive, it felt more like a gimmick than anything real. In a way, it served to showcase that the major struggle of the plot was really just a thinly veiled approximation of the LGBTQ+ struggle vs. conservative extremists. It may have been switched out to technology vs. the anti-technology groups, but it was very much the same battle. Having Shelby and Cass’s relationship throw into that dichotomy just made it obvious in a way I’m not sure did the plot any favors.
Overall, the book was okay. There were parts I liked, parts that nearly lost my interest, and parts I wish had more depth. If you enjoy science fiction, you may enjoy this.