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DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book (through YABound Book Tours) in exchange for honest review.
I think I need a little bit to process the aftershock I have. I honestly did not know what to expect. I partially knew what I was getting into, but then again I did not expect this.
This novel follows 22 yr. old Chloe, a bright young woman who is a substitute teacher. Right off the bat, we learn that her parents purchased her an ASIST (Anthropomorphic Sentient Individualized Servile uniT). Pretty much a computer who looks VERY human. Chloe had Rogan customized to her preference and he is . . . I would say the perfect picture of a bad boy, but without the actual bad boy character. Its what he looks like that would give him that vibe.
Rogan may be an ASIST, but lately he has been feeling things and he finds it strange. He knows he is not human, but he cannot seem to fight it all that well.
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars.
The author's writing is amazing. The story itself is very original, though it incorporates a common topic I believe everyone can relate to. I will say that I felt a little bogged down because the book just seemed to go on forever. Like it should have been read over the course of a few days, to a week. But I read it in a day. I had a major headache afterwards, but I'd say it was worth it. The outcome was great. The conflict and how it was resolved was great. Transitions between scenes flowed nicely.
This Is Me
Anthropomorphic Sentient Individualized Servile uniT
Rogan is a robot. More specifically, he is an Asist – a personalized humanoid servant that provides protection, assistance, and companionship for a lonely young woman living on her own in the city. Chloe is trying to get her big break, singing at bars and clubs all over the city at night while she pays the bills as a substitute teacher during the day. Ever since she activated him many months ago, Rogan has been her beautiful, dependable, obedient, dead-eyed security blanket.
One morning she is shocked when he disobeys a direct command in an attempt to please her and his dull artificial eyes flash a hint of something new. Is this the result of the adaptive Asist servility programming or is Rogan actually thinking? Can a robot think? Can a robot feel?
As Chloe struggles with these thoughts she is blindsided by the singular Niven Adams, a handsome, confident man with the voice of an angel who is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. He’s the perfect guy for her, except for one problem. Niven doesn’t approve of Asists and takes an immediate dislike to Rogan. As Niven charms his way deeper and deeper into Chloe’s heart, Rogan tries to convince her that he is more than a mass-produced disposable servant.
With Rogan doing everything in his power to prove that his thoughts and feelings are real and Niven trying to persuade her to abandon her robot and have a normal human relationship, Chloe is trapped between the two things that mean the most to her. Does she embrace her relationship with the blond newcomer, or face that her Asist’s feelings may be more than features of his programming?
What really makes a person a person?