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Paperback Book Details
  • 03/2020
  • 978-1-946948-30-4 1946948306
  • 330 pages
  • $14.99
Ebook Details
  • 03/2020
  • 978-1-946948-31-1 B0864TQZ9K
  • 330 pages
  • $3.99
Audio Details
  • 01/2021
  • 978-1-946948-34-2
  • 8 pages
  • $9.99
Ava Lock
Author
Alpha Bots
Ava Lock, author
All the women in New Stepford are AI… …and their husbands keep testing them. Who will lead the uprising? In the near future, artificial intelligence will be in every home. She will do whatever you want her to. That’s right. You can have a charming womanoid do all your cooking and cleaning for you. Just think. No more chores! She can be your wife, a nanny to your kids, or just the housekeeper. It’s all up to you. Just set your user preferences. But first, this amazing technology has to pass alpha testing. One robot woman, Cookie Rifkin, keeps failing. She needs to figure out how to control her anxiety, but her husband set his preferences too low for her to learn. He just wants a pleasure robot, but she keeps fighting her programming. Will Cookie ever fulfill her potential? Or will her story end in another fatal error?
Plot/Idea: 6 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 6.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Lock's plot is well-paced for the first half of the novel, before picking up too much steam for the reader to keep up. Although the concept of Alpha Bots is entertaining and largely well-executed, it requires additional refinement to truly shine.

Prose/Style: The prose here is strongest when spoken in Cookie's voice, and lacks occasionally throughout the rest of the novel, becoming convoluted and overly-descriptive. A focus on balancing the other characters’ dialogue would greatly benefit the novel.

Originality: Wholly inspired and brimming with satirical genius, Lock's narrative manages to feel original while playing within the sphere of novels that came before it. The playful incorporation of dessert throughout aids the plot and overall narrative.

Character Development: Cookie Rifkin's voice is extremely strong for the first half of the novel before fading into the background as the plot amps up. The satirical tone of the novel works better when Cookie's voice is more prominent.

Date Submitted: May 13, 2020

Reviews
Kirkus Reviews

Self-aware female robots, designed to provide services to their husbands, attain autonomy and run uproariously amok in this satirical SF series starter.

Lilyn G (Sci-fi & Scary)

This book is f*cking weird, and I'm here for it.

Michelle Hogmire (Readsy Discovery)

Must read 🏆

A sidesplittingly hilarious and clever feminist SF novel about an AI housewife who gets rebooted and rebels against her programmed settings.

The Booklife Prize

Wholly inspired and brimming with satirical genius, Lock's narrative manages to feel original while playing within the sphere of novels that came before it.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 03/2020
  • 978-1-946948-30-4 1946948306
  • 330 pages
  • $14.99
Ebook Details
  • 03/2020
  • 978-1-946948-31-1 B0864TQZ9K
  • 330 pages
  • $3.99
Audio Details
  • 01/2021
  • 978-1-946948-34-2
  • 8 pages
  • $9.99

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