iD by Madeline Ashby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Disturbing, fairly nuts, and good for pushing buttons.
The whole robot angle is a side issue. Most of this novel has a lot of sociopathy and exploration of emotional triggers as its main focus. It helps that there's institutionalized pedophilia that's all right because it's just robots.
But that's not even the main focus, either.
It's Javier's PoV. It's a rather wild journey, literally swinging every which way, eventually becoming a quest to redeem himself. That was all kinds of all right. :)
This book was definitely better than the previous, but there was still something about it that was off. And it wasn't just the ick factor. That was explainable by the general theme of the novel. It had a place. It was an ugly place, but it had a place.
The things people do to people. Especially we downgrade them into robots that are just hardware. Good point to make? Absolutely. SF does its job well. :)
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