Author: Claudia Gray
I did not expect to like this book anywhere near as much as I did. It had so much more depth than I thought it would, and I actually really loved it!
I imagined this novel would be a cheesy romance with the sci-fi setting used as a bit of a background detail. However, I WAS WRONG. There were so many moral, economical and social events that were incredibly compelling and relevant to the future of our world. As someone who is very interested in the ethics behind artificial intelligence, it was fascinating to read about the author’s perspective of how AI will shape our lifestyle. However, the most intriguing theme in this book was religion. Faith plays a huge role in the life of the main character, Noemi, but is doubted by the ‘mech’ (robot) in the story. The two views are so contrasting yet they compliment each other so well as you read into them. Self-discovery was also a major theme, and one that I’d never seen tackled so literally!
Another fabulous aspect of this book is the rare and great slow-burning romance. It is so uncommon that two characters have such a complex and beautifully written relationship, and I adored it. And although the writing was basic at times, there were many amazing quotes (one that you can find on my main blog here ) that gave it an almost lyrical touch.
If you decide to read this book, which I highly recommend you do, a piece of advice: Don’t ignore the fact that Abel is a ‘mech’, but don’t let it ruin the romance for you. For a while, I was really really weirded out by it, but I let it slide and the book became hugely enjoyable.