Want to take a walk on the wild side? Then Jennifer Pelland’s novel Machine is for you, because that is exactly what Pelland’s main character Cecil does in this delightfully depicted science fiction world.
In this novel technology has advanced to the point of creating artificial replicant bodies for those who are unfortunate enough to find themselves with serious injuries, or illness that can’t be cured right away. Cecil just got her new body after being diagnosed with a low priority incurable disease. She decides to copy her consciousness to a “new” body and wait for the cure. But Cecil’s life takes a sudden and horrific blow when she wakes up in her machine body to find out wife Rivka has divorced her during the copying process.
Devastated, Cecil attempts to cope with the loss of the love of her life as well as her new body. And she realizes that what she believed to be a simple transition was going to be anything but. Her life quickly spirals out of control when she becomes the victim of those who despise machine copies and will do anything to make their hate known.
This book is a heart wrenching tale of love, sorrow, intolerance, and what can happen if pushed too far (Oh and the kinky sex was a lot of fun to read too :)). I especially love how this story exposes the raw nerves of each emotion and doesn’t hold back. Pelland also shows that perhaps being a machine isn’t about the emotions they can’t have, but the emotions they can have. And she makes this story an easy and fast read that I completed in just a few days time.
So I dare you to start reading Machine and see if you can put it down (especially at the kinky sex parts).