This is what I like to call a DOUBLE FEATURE! One of these books is a more traditional book review post, and the other is one I chose not to review but wanted to share with you anyway. It has a special surprise at the end. :) I received both from XPresso Book Tours.
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This was an interesting read. I wanted to give this book more than three stars, but I was held back by the main characters, Asher and Scarlett. The world building in this book was really well done, and I enjoyed learning about the secondary characters' lives and personalities. The premise was good, I just didn't feel Scarlett was likeable, and Asher started out great but became a bit juvenile as the book progressed.
Scarlett Moon has been on the run for six years, after escaping her sentence in the mines when she was 13. She and her band of runaways roam the streets, avoiding the enforcers, who would take them back to the mines if they catch them. Soon after Scarlett's best friend, Rory, is captured, Scarlett and her friends are rescued from attacking enforcers by a band of pirates. Among that band is Asher, a smooth-talking charmer who immediately gets under Scarlett's skin. While resistant to his smiles, Scarlett knows she needs his help in rescuing Rory. Together they journey throughout the streets of Columbus, looking for Rory and dancing around the attraction they both feel towards each other.
Scarlett was not my cup of tea. At all. She was so intent on being tough that she gave zero figs about the feelings of those around her. It was understandable at first, but it became old very quickly, especially when she inflicted her bad attitude on Asher. She was not a likeable character for me at all. Asher was a genuinely nice guy, who seemed to be to be the opposite of Scarlett. He knew how to be compassionate and forgiving, and he was constantly showing both to Scarlett. He got a bit immature towards the end, which bothered me, considering he's supposed to be in his early 20s. He acted like a teenager, and given I am in my 20s, I was turned off. I liked him, but I felt his character was all over the place at times with his personality.
I definitely recommend you give this book a try, since I will be reading the next book in the series. It's worth reading, if you can get past the constant irritation you may feel with Scarlett. I was able to, and I'm glad I did.
**I received a free copy via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**
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?
Is it a ticking muscle inside their chest, or is it something more?