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Bantam, March 2005, 6.99, 325 pp.
ISBN 0553584715

In the future, an asteroid is captured between the Earth and the moon and changes the geography of the planet as well as its social structure. There are two classes, the haves and the have-nots. Loren is one of the poor people taken in by a religious sect where at the age of twelve she found the book Jane's Story about a teenager who fell in love with the robot Silver and he with her. The models that would have passed for human have been dismantled.

When Loren is seventeen, the Meta Corporation brings back humanoid robots only they could never pass for human having the color of gold, silver, and copper; they are used as pleasure slaves for the rich. Loren is given a chance to meet the robot that was once named Silver who has all his memories but none of his feelings. He goes by the name Verlis and becomes obsessed with Loren. The Meta Corporation believe they have complete control of their creations but the robots plan to throw off the shackles of their slavery; thanks to Verlis, Loren is part of the plan whether she wants to be or not.

Loren and Verlis can and do love each other. Loren believes that Verlis is sentient and dismantling him would be murder even if she doesn't agree with the plans her beloved is making to ensure the safety of his fellow robots and their companions.

Harriet Klausner
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   love forbidden by society Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   good robot(s) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Human/magical couple?    -   Yes Type of couple:    -   She's a human, he's a robot

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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