Author: Rita Stradling
Format: Digital ARC
Published: May 23, 2017 by Kindle Press
Genre: Retelling, Science Fiction, New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Reading Period: May 4-9, 2017
[This novel contains adult situations and is only suitable for readers who are 18+]
A Near-Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast
Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.
Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.
To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.
Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.
Thank you NetGalley for a free digital copy of this book.
“People need to choose their own causes to live or die for.”
When I request this book in Netgalley, December 2017 was the publication date. However, I learned this week that it’ll publish on May 23 this year.
I’m thrilled to read this one. Aside from the cover that caught my attention, it get to me because it is Beauty and the Beast retelling and sci-fi genre.
Alainn Murphy seek Lorccan Garbhan to save his father be sent into prison. Her father made a contract with Lorccan to work on artificial intelligence. However, failed to deliver the robot on time. Rose 76GF is the robot and imitation of Alainn and suggested that Alainn should replace her and act as a robot so she can work on Rosette 82GF.
The story is good and can read in one sitting. It just took me time to finish this one as I was very busy with other things.
Rose 76GF is design to act and feel like human. She override her ethical coding, hack, calculate and to the point that she can go beyond what’s designed to her. I like that idea. It’s fascinating that robots can do bad things and makes me think that it is definitely possible that robots can overwrite their coding. With our latest technology, that is really possible.
At first, I’m not sure who the antagonist in the story. I thought it was Lorccan because he will Alainn’s father into prison but then I realize he’s not qualified as one. I also that Rosebud was the enemy because she doesn’t approve Alainn going out of the tower. But then again, I realize who the real culprit. This book surely gets me to think and ask question almost everything I read. Some of the twists of the story are not predictable.
However, what I still can’t understand after reading was how come Lorccan could not feel Alainn’s pulse when he hold her wrist or couldn’t even feel or saw that he’s having sexual intercourse with a human and not a robot? How come Lorccan didn’t even suspect or feel that Jade is human? I know that he lacks social interaction but I believe that he’s intelligent to know and feel that he’s having intercourse with a human? He even proposed to Jade (which is Alainn, who replace Rose 76GF) with a knowledge and believing that he is in love with a robot. The idea of loving a robot. It reminds me of the movie HER wherein the protagonist fell in love with the OS. It’s a futuristic yet heartbreaking movie.
Further, Colby and Shelly’s story would be interesting as well! There are hints and possible love story of the two and I’m looking forward to it.
What struck me in this book was even if you save and risk your own life for someone you love yet he denies you because he believes that you crushed his world! That really hurt.
Overall, though I believe that some parts may still subject for improvement this book is recommended to other sci-fi book readers and those who loves to read retelling.
“Imagine a world with no more irrational fear, addiction, rage, hate, or emotional scarring.”