Reviewed by Susan65
Blurb: In 2068, androids are an integrated part of human life. Big Brother no longer just watches from the shadows. It’s in every household.
Lloyd Salter has OCD issues with noise, mess, and he’s uncomfortable with human interaction. When his ex claimed the only thing perfect enough to live up to his standards was an android, Lloyd dismissed it. But two years later, after much self-assessment, Lloyd thinks he may have been right.
SATinc is the largest manufacturer of androids in Australia, including the Fully Compatible Units known as an A-Class 10. Their latest design is the Synthetic Human Android UNit, otherwise known as SHAUN.
Shaun is compatible with Lloyd’s every need; the perfect fit on an intellectual and physical basis. But Lloyd soon realises Shaun’s not like other A-Class androids. He learns. He adapts. Sure that SATinc is aware Shaun functions outside of his programmed parameters, Lloyd must find a way to keep Shaun safe.
No one can know how special Shaun is. No one can know he’s evolved.
Wow, talk about something totally different, this was more along the lines of out of this world. And in a way, it was, out of our current world, that is. This story takes place in the year 2068 where everything is automated and internet driven. Cars are driven by androids, and androids have actual rights written into the laws. So totally different than anything I’d ever read before and so worth it.
I will admit though, that Shaun, the new and improved, “personal” A class android was a bit icky to me, at first. Personal being the key word because this android is uploaded with the buyer’s ideal of the perfect companion AND is fitted with internal sensors that allow them to feel pleasure and to orgasm when their “custodian” orgasms. So yeah, it took quite a while for me to get over that Shaun was not real, and that his mouth and throat was actually a fleshjack…until he actually was real. See? You knew there would be more to this story and, though it was expected, the ending was still pluperfect. Never heard of pluperfect until this book but now it is my new favorite word.
Lloyd is a very intelligent geek who has so many OCD issues that the only perfect man for him is not a man at all, but Shaun. These two actually are perfect for one another, and I loved watching Shaun begin to evolve and feel and love for the first time. His fears and desires were very real for him and written in such a way that you stopped seeing him as an android and accepted that he was what Lloyd needed, and Lloyd was who Shaun needed, too.
Kinda crazy but I did love it once I got over the oddness, but I must say, I hope I am still around when this crazy world of ours evolves more into the techno-age. Sounds fun.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*