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Ungirls

(Disorder #3)

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In the near future, lab-grown sex dolls are the pleasure toy of choice in this disturbing and provocative short story from Lauren Beukes, the bestselling author of The Shining Girls.

Actor and sex worker Nats is experienced at putting on a show. However, her new gig supplying intimate whispers for growgirls takes her to a place darker and lonelier than she could have ever i

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Kindle Edition, 52 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Amazon Original Stories
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Monica
My first Lauren Beukes. Ugly but fascinating imagination...

3.5 Stars

Listened to the audio book.
Sonja Arlow
3.5 stars

Its gritty, ugly and very bizarre.

This book is part of the Discord collection and although I am not planning to read all of them 3 are from authors whose books l really enjoyed.

Lauren Beukes may have become famous for The Shining Girls but my first encounter with her was Zoo City. This short is definitely more like her earlier work.

The story is set in a futuristic world where lab grown sex dolls, also known as growgirls are all the rage. The narrator of the story Nats, basically breathe
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Blair
'Ungirls' more closely fits my expectations of what the Disorder collection would be. It's set in the near future and has a large cast of characters: a group of sex workers in Cape Town; an online community of men who own genetically engineered sex dolls, known as 'growjobs'; and a motivational speaker clearly modelled on Jordan Peterson. The backbone of the plot is that Nats, one of the sex workers, takes on a job as voiceover artist for the growjobs, and is then doxxed.

But 'Ungirls' feels lik
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Tania
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Being South African I've always been a big fan of Lauren's very unique and original stories. I have to admit that I almost gave up on this novella in the first chapter or so, as I thought the opening was just too in your face and written to shock. I'm glad that I stuck with this though, as in the end everything comes together to form a horrible look at how vile people can be, and also a warning about the possible spin-offs of any new technologies created.

I really liked the audible version and th
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TL
Jul 05, 2019 marked it as dnf
*read for free with kindle Unlimited *

DNF at 32% .. guess I picked all the good ones first.

This one isn't bad just not my thing.. was bored.
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Renee (The B-Roll)
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The third installment of this collection, Ungirls, is set in a world where AI and electronics have advanced enough to allow companies to grow organs in laboratories (hmmmm.....) to use for medical necessities.  As this would naturally progress, some man has decided that these headless bodies can be grown and made into flesh and bone sex dolls that look and feel just like real humans, even with muscle memory movements.  Of course, laws have been bypassed because since this torsos do not have head ...more
Bandit
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing with the Disorder collection of Kindle shorts. This one had very underwhelming reviews, so my expectations were set pretty low, but actually I ended up quite liking it. Been meaning to check out the author and this story of futuristic sex workers in South Africa was a pretty good introduction. I liked the social commentary, the way MeToo and co. have spiraled into the world where men now have the option of organically grown women, essentially flesh clones created for sex and organ har ...more
Mandy
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disturbing but clever short story
Sarah
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-fiction
All I remember was that this was really weird.
Richard
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
A well balanced short story that runs with the idea that in the future the desire for a more human interactive sex toy will potentially lead to the same entrenched values but with more scope to dehumanise the role of sex workers.

Set wonderfully in South Africa it throws colour and gender politics into the mix and has fun with humour bubbling beneath this challenging subject.

The story is multilayered set around a group of friends whose lives are disadvantaged in a society that still calibrates on
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Alan Teder
Icky Incels
Review of the Amazon Original Kindle eBook edition (July 2019)

If sexbots weren't enough of a turnoff already this futuristic tale of growbots with organically grown parts will definitely do the trick. This seems like a sketch for a future novel as there are so many subplots and side characters that the material is spread very thin. There are sex workers sidelining as growbot voice artists, sex crazed incels on a reddit thread, an incel motivational speaker/grifter, doxxers, innocent f
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Krystal Gibson
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Interesting story about artificial sex dolls and the girl getting exposed. What I didn't understand was the ending and the murders (?). I think her voice was manipulated and possibly it was telling people to do things like kill? I wish that part had been a little more clear. ...more
cindyhawk
Jul 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Interesting Idea Thin Story Line

Not my taste but an interesting perspective on this subject area. The author unsuccessfully tried to present several times and places without a seamless transition for the reader to follow and be able to arrive at the desired ending which in itself was vague. There multiple "shock" items inserted that only seemed to serve the purpose of adding bulk to a thin story line.
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Tatiana
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disturbing but entirely plausible and creepily familiar. Don't read it before bed, it may not give you nightmares but you'll probably be feeling too unsettled to sleep well. ...more
Ginger
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, shorties
A disturbing shortie.
I would be interested in seeing what Beukes can do with a full length.
Kathleen
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Interesting but very odd. Especially the ending.
Jenn
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories, 2019
This was a really strange read, but I did enjoy it overall. At first, I was confused about what was happening. After I realized how the story was structured and that it wasn’t just following one character, I became much more engaged.

For this story, I’d say the setting and atmosphere are stronger than the actual plot. There really isn’t much of a plot. Things do happen, but that’s not really the main point of this story.

I’d recommend this to fans of odd stories that have more to say than is obv
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Nadine
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There have been plenty of books that look at the ways AI simulated women roil the already fraught waters of sexual politics, but this little 57 pager is one of the best, in my opinion. (Also, shout out to the movie Ex Machina and the episode of Black Mirror about a widow who buys an AI-simulation of her dead husband.) Lauren Beukes is one of my favorite authors, although I've been too much of a wuss to try her horror novels, The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters. I have bought them and they are ...more
Mike Wallace
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This short story is better than most of the novels I've read this year. I know there are many authors who are said to have picked up where PKD left off but Lauren Beukes really has. I can't wait for another full length novel from her.
5 Stars *****
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Eve
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
In a not-so-distant future, lab-grown meat is used for ethical nutrition, growing human organs, and growing incredibly life-like sex dolls made of human flesh and with enough nervous system to actively participate in sex. However, they don't have heads and they don't have a consciousness, so it's legal and not creepy at all, right? WRONG. It's completely creepy.

To make the nearly-human more like a real woman, the users can buy heads to attach to the bodies where sex workers have narrated variou
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kari
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was apprehensive at first as I didn't love Beukes' Shining Girls as much as most readers did, but Ungirls was splendid. Chilling, cutting, apt, set in the future but dangerously close to our present. ...more
Cheryl DeFranceschi
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Holy wow! I need some distance from this before I can unpack it and say anything. 🤯
Dee Cherry
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my final read in this collection as I read them in no particular order. This story had an odd concept that will probably happen in the near future. Reading this collection of stories definitely makes one wonder....
Lisa
Jul 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not my cup of tea

I gave this one a shot but it just didn't work for me. Like an invasive exam at the doctor's office I just wanted to finish it as quickly as possible.
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Bookphile
I thought this was a disturbing and thought-provoking read.
Tracie
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a gritty, dark and in your face look into the sex industry, female degradation and the use of people as objects (particularly sex objects), and the ethics of science and technology and how far is too far. This book was scary to me because it is entirely plausible and I could totally see this happening in the near future. People would try to use it for a seemingly good purpose at first (torsos being used for organs for transplants), but then a dark seedy underbelly would morph into ...more
Andreas Porwanto
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-ebook
Short and disturbing.
Kelli Santistevan
* This is the third story I just listened to from the Disorder Collection. *

It’s creepy and disturbing but I thought it was interesting. I’m going to read the other books in the collection.
Steph
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disturbing and very entertaining. I’m probably going to have nightmares about unhinged sex dolls now.
Lita Acevedo
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was definitely strange. Set in a society where torsos are grown for organs, a company grows full women with chips and circuitry to sell as sex toys. Real live women do voice over work that gets programmed into these "ungirls". One woman in particular is very popular and hey, it pays the bills. Until someone exposes her. And someone else contacts her offering to make it all right. This mysterious individual hacks into the ungirls and they suddenly start spewing hateful vitriol to their partn ...more
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Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, best-selling novelist who also writes screenplays, TV shows, comics and journalism. Her books have been translated into 26 languages and have been optioned for film and TV.

Her awards include the Arthur C Clarke Award, the prestigious University of Johannesburg prize, the August Derleth Prize, the Strand Critics Choice Award and the RT Thriller of the Year. She’s
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