Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Author: C.J. Noble
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: Gay character
Recommended For…: young adult readers, sci-fi, contemporary, romance
Publication Date: April 27, 2023
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Contemporary
Age Relevance: 14+ (cursing, sexual content, child abuse, death, parental death, animal death, grief, romance, prejudice, violence)
Explanation of Above: There is some cursing in this book. There is some romance and very vague sexual content. There are scenes and mentions of child abuse and a violent car accident mentioned. There is death mentioned and shown, along with parental death and the death of a dog mentioned. There is also grief mentioned and shown. There is also some prejudice shown towards androids.
Publisher: Indie Published
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Tim Alto has one thing on his mind, and one thing only. Not to make a complete fool of himself in front of his crush at the end of summer party (which isn’t easy when your overly tight jeans are making you walk like a penguin). But, in a city where androids are part of everyday life, anything can happen. A stolen wallet ruins Tim’s evening, and things go from bad to worse when the perpetrator shows up at school the next day.
Tim suddenly finds himself thrust onto a path filled with assault, grief, tests of friendship and unexpected romance.
A path that will lead Tim to question what it really means to be human.
Review: For the most part this was an interesting book. The book revolves around our MC who gets tangled in this web of mystery when he makes a new friend at school and she just happens to have a secret that changes everything. The book was pretty decent and had some good scenes in it. I like how the author showed the prejudice of the androids and the sci-fi aspect of this contemporary read was interesting.
However, I didn’t like the use of footnotes in the book and I felt it didn’t flow that well. I also didn’t really care for the MC and didn’t really like seeing the world through his eyes. I felt like he was flawed but it didn’t show that well in the storytelling. The pacing was also a little on the slow side.
Verdict: It was interesting and good.