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The Companions

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Station Eleven meets Never Let Me Go in this debut novel set in an unsettling near future where the dead can be uploaded to machines and kept in service by the living.

In the wake of a highly contagious virus, California is under quarantine. Sequestered in high rise towers, the living can’t go out, but the dead can come in—and they come in all forms, from sad rolling cans
Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Gallery/Scout Press (first published 2020)
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Reading Tam Ishly
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Maybe this book is not meant for me. I got so hyped up regarding the description of this one but I am hugely disappointed.

The first chapter started out good but yes, the chapters are so terribly long and it feels like the read was just dragging on and on. New character introduction and the various events described are somewhat too mundane considering it's a sci-fi dystopian kind of read. Considering the main theme tackled that is regarding quarantine, I couldn't see much relevance regarding it
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
Set in the future on the west coast of the United States, Companions have been created and leased into the mass market. Companions are machines that are given human consciousness - the human consciousness of a formerly living person. The Companions vary in quality, some being a little more than a tin can and others looking and seeming human to the untrained eye. They are “command driven” and allegedly have safeguards in place to limit their abilities and keep them from rebelling or harming their ...more
Oct 04, 2018 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD. An uploaded consciousness able to defy commands goes in search of her murderer, damn
Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Companions.

I'm not an avid reader of sci-fi dystopian but I was excited when my request was approved because...hello! Robots! Who doesn't love 'em and who isn't waiting for them to go nuts?

** Minor spoilers ahead **

The premise is a strong but familiar one; after a virus has decimated most of the population, survivors are sequestered in their homes.

The wealthy have one reprieve, the ability to upload their consciousness before death into a
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book has a good premise, and parts of it are quite good, but it doesn't quite gel into a coherent whole.

The basic idea here is that a megacoroporation figures out a way to upload people's minds into computers upon death, and those minds are then put into robot bodies (of varying quality depending on how much one is willing to pay). Consciousness remains. Sounds great, right? Except that the "people" are regarded as the intellectual property of the megacorp, and are leased to living
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you Netgalley for providing me this ARC of The Companions by Katie M. Flynn.

In a world where a virus reeks havoc on society, forcing people inside, boredom and loneliness are combated by what is called "The Companion program." The idea is that people who have passed away can have their personality downloaded and put into whatever machine is afforded to them. The lucky (and wealthy) get to keep loved ones as their companions, but the less fortunate are rented out to homes, often treated
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't love sci-fi. I'm not wild about poorly drawn, outlandish situations superimposed on reality to force a thin moral conundrum.

This, however, was the opposite - an actual novel with intricate structure, involved characters and, well, yes, a little AI.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Like many others, I was immediately drawn to this book due to the comparisons between it and Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go. Those are two of my all-time favorite novels, and I feel like the bar was set incredibly high because of that.

A lot of the reviews I am seeing for this title are focusing on the number of character narratives we get. I personally disagree that is it too many. For a book of this scope, I feel that the number of character perspectives we get is really refreshing. I felt
Shelby Bollen
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
This was……odd?
The premise was great - a virus wipes out most of the population and the remaining survivors now have to live inside. Technology has advanced so much that it is possible to upload the consciousness of the dead into a "companion" that you can either spend loads of money on to make human-like (think along the lines of skin, hair, etc) or you can just leave in a computer screen.
We first meet Lilac, who is a companion for a mother and daughter duo but from herein things got really
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Great story with strong female characters. Fascinating take on a dystopian future after a man made virus wipes out a good chunk of the population, another group of scientists find a way to keep loved ones near by downloading minds to a hard drove and then uploading into a new synthetic body. The original premise of a teenager “Lilac” being murdered and getting revenge resolves itself early in
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is worth reading, even though it can be tough to follow. Definitely worth giving it the chance, though!

The Companions takes place in the future where uploading the consciousness of the dying or newly dead into life-like robots becomes a norm, but also a business. People can purchase a companion to work with, live with, or love. There's an element of viruses killing off the human population, social issues with purchasing companions, and the fall out of all of this. We meet amazing
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was really excited to read this book. The premise of the story was intriguing and seemed plausible in the distant future. However, the story was poorly executed in my opinion. The book changes point of views several times and goes through some major time jumps, none of which really help carry the story along. With so many characters, I didn't really feel like the reader could get to know them well enough to even care about them. The plague and the quarantine were ideas that were left on the ...more
Katie Galucki
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The premise of this book is intriguing. People pay to have their consciousness uploaded when they die so that they then exist in a mechanical body and act as companions either to their family or to people who pay to lease the companions. The consciousness can be moved to different bodies, so the companion can in effect live indefinitely. A major drawback to this book is that it jumps from character to character in each chapter with no explanation as to who that character is, which results in a ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.
The premise as written on the back of the book sounded really cool but the execution fell short. The idea of downloading consciousness and that consciousness being Proprietary Information of a corporation is interesting and terrifying. I found the jumping from one person's (or companion's) perspective to another to be somewhat confusing, and I had to keep flipping back and forth to remind myself who various characters were. Additionally, there were long time lapses between some of the
Donna Hines
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
The plot sounded superb.
I was excited to start reading this science-fiction work by Katie M. Flynn.
However, the execution wasn't up to par for my taste and I was left with more questions than answers.
The theoretical idea was quite interesting with the dead coming back to life under various forms and entities.
Nevertheless, the entire scene with the virus taking over California to the quarantine and everything in between just didn't work for me and was too bland. The characters were too mundane
Bianca Onrubia
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 / 5 stars for this Sci-Fi story. While the description of this book immediately caught my eye, it is painfully similar to the Netflix show Altered Carbon. Easy to read and gripping at the beginning. The book lacks the descriptive language that is typical of a sci-fi, without real scenery or world that is depicted. Similarly, most of the characters themselves were too numerous and bland. Certain characters, Gabe and Kit, I feel deserve more of the spotlight. The plot is feels fractured by too ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the idea of this book. I didn't always know exactly what was going on...but found that it didn't really matter, the story carried on anyway. It is a scary thought, that robotics could be taken to such a high level...but not totally unbelievable. What was even worse was the fact that the mistake of making the companions had to be corrected...gruesomely. I didn't really like the ending when I finally got there. I wanted a definite answer. I wouldn't consider it a cliffhanger ...more
Christine O'Brien
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with an e-book copy. The premise of this book is so good. I was very excited to read it and I picked it up as soon as I got it. The book to me is fairly short and I feel like in this world it's hard to pull it off in 272 pages. There were quite a bit of characters and different perspective but hardly enough character development. I wasn't invested in most of the characters. The middle part of the book was a bit slow. And I do think it needed a bit more ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I was really drawn to this book as I love dystopian fiction, and the idea that in death you can be uploaded as a "companion" robot is intriguing in itself! What I liked about the novel was not only did it force me to think outside the box, but it also forced me to do a complete paradigm shift to understand the storyline. What was difficult was there were so many narrators that I got lost trying to remember who was related to whom and how did they all fit together. Perhaps it's just my pea brain ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
This was such an interesting book. I loved the idea of human consciousness being uploading for future companionship--it made me think about The Perfect Wife, which I recently just finished and found compelling as well as thought provoking.

The writing is smooth and the story well-paced, though if you're like me and jump around in with your books, you might find it tricky to navigate back into, given the number of narratives. But overall, a good read, and I'd recommend checking it out if you like
I was very intrigued by the concept - the human consciousness is uploaded into machines, after death, to turn them into companions. The story is engaging but loses its way with too many characters. It’s an interesting, innovative concept, with the story starting off with a companion setting out on a journey to seek answers surrounding her death but it soon unravels as it criss-crosses with different humans and companions.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This book starts with such an interesting idea - that human consciousness could be uploaded into a robot like companion - but then losses a little focus along the way. I think there were just one or two too many characters who narrate and the passage of time is a little difficult to follow at times as well. Great concept with just an ok execution, but it will for sure get you thinking.

Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author, for an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book.
I thought it was original, well written, creative and creepy.
The cover of the book was great.
This was Katie M. Flynn’s 1st novel and I will definitely keep an eye out for future work by this author.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Great description for a somewhat inferior book. This was not engaging for me. It seemed "flat" in several ways. Probably an inexperienced author who just needs more experience. Hope she keeps writing.

I really appreciate the advanced copy for review!!
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
From the description I thought I would love this but it was a rough read. I think it was a very good idea and that it just needed a lot more working, it read a bit like an outline/rough draft. I will definitely keep an eye out for future works by this author though.
Debi Hawkes
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This book started out quite intriguing. Unfortunately, many times throughout the story I found myself asking "what character is this?" - there are too many, more than needed for the story, and "where am I". Timelines were also difficult to track, sometimes past events seemingly being current.
Johnna Whetstone
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3 for neutral. I tried on a couple occasions to read this book, but I just could not get into it. I was really excited to get it, but it just didn’t click for me, could be my mood, so will update if able to read it at a later date.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was not for me. Is it YA or just written that way? Also, the different perspectives didn’t add anything to the story.

Thanks NETGALLEY for the ARC
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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