Genre: Science Fiction
First Impression: I bet the cover is deceiving.
What happens when a robot designed to be a boy’s ideal “companion” develops a will of her own?
David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody. When David’s parents present him with a hot Companion bot designed to encourage healthy bonds and treat his “dissociative disorder,” he can’t get enough of luscious redheaded Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Parted from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal “companion” is about to become her own best friend. In a stunning and hilarious debut, John Cusick takes rollicking aim at internet culture and our craving for meaningful connection in an uberconnected world
200 words (or less) review: The cover and blurb are intriguing; the idea reminded me a bit of Chobits* but Girl Parts isn’t the story I was expecting. Chapter 0 makes that very clear, the story starts with the suicide of Nora Vogel who broadcasts her death via video blog.
David is a rich spoilt kid who watches, as result he is called into the school counsellor office who suggests David take part in a pilot program to help him reconnect. Enter Rose, a purposely designed companion who ‘loves’ David. On the other side, there is Charlie who has no contact with anyone.
Rose is adorable, I wasn’t too attached to either boy but wanted to find out what would happen to her. There are many funny moments, especially in the beginning when Rose is still following her programming but I don’t think “hilarious debut” really reflects this book. I did enjoy Girl Parts but found the ending to confusing and rather abrupt for my liking.
Don’t read this expecting cute, it’s smart and complicated but definitely not cute.
(I’d like to read Abandon Changes to see how Rose’s story ends. Sadly it’s not available for download in the UK :()
*I’m a huge CLAMP fan