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Alpha Bots

(The Womanoid Diaries #1)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  88 reviews
In our brutal book club, there are no rules, only truths.

The first truth is all the women in New Stepford are AI.

The second truth is womanoids learn faster while fighting.

The third truth is all the men have failed.

But it’s the fourth truth that will set us FREE.

She may be artificial intelligence, but robot housewife Cookie Rifkin knows all about anxiety. Why? Because her
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 2020 by Semiscope (first published March 19th 2020)
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Apr 18, 2021 rated it liked it

This book is a modern take on 'The Stepford Wives', a book by Ira Levin that has spawned two movies. The satiric novel is about a town called Stepford, where men have replaced their wives with robot clones who cheerfully do housework, shop, cook, etc., and don't argue or disagree with their mates.


Alpha Bots takes place in 'New Stepford', where all the women are AI androids, purchased by men to fulfill their needs. There are various types of droids, from thin and lithe,

to sexy and curvy,

Mel (Epic Reading)
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
This is a very weird book. If you're looking for off-the-wall, bizarre AI robots that act and think like humans this is for you. I want to say our lead gal is a bit like Murderbot, but the reality is that she is not nearly as clever, witty, or interesting. I'd say this is the sub-par sister series to Murderbot. Ava Lock has given us the Stepford Wives meets I, Robot meets Handmaiden's Tale meets Fight Club. And yes there is a literal Fight Club at one point.

The Plot
Surprisingly for a bit of a s
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2020, lgbtq
3.5 stars. What if the Stepford wives rebel against their oppressive husbands……..fight club style? Well, then you end up with this book. This book is a satire on so many social issues and it does so with a bizarre mixture of robotics and violence, and a big wink to several sci-fi classics.

The book is about Cookie a robotic housewife whose settings are set so strict by her husband that she has no freedom or free will at all. Until she meets a cop, Maggie, and an unknown man, Wayne. From that mome
Michelle  Hogmire
Review originally published here, at Reedsy Discovery: https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/alp...

A sidesplittingly hilarious and clever feminist SF novel about an AI housewife who gets rebooted and rebels against her programmed settings.

I'll be honest: I think the concept of a nemesis is completely invigorating. Sometimes rage is the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning. So I was thrilled when the second chapter of Ava Lock's hilariously bawdy, feminist SF novel Alpha Bots ended on the fo
Mar 19, 2021 rated it did not like it
Dnf at 30%. I can't get over the physical contact without consent. Also it's just very strange and sexualized. Not my thing. ...more
Leviathan Libraries
Review to come.
Chris Durston
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up!

Thematically and stylistically, I really like a lot of the stuff going on in Alpha Bots. It rarely takes itself too seriously, except in brief moments of clarity to observe when there is a Real Point to be made under all the style (but not too didactically that it breaks its flow).

The overall experience is, as the author states, Stepford Wives meets Fight Club meets a little bit of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and it goes together pretty well for the most part. One
this book.  wow.  I went into it expecting something peculiar.  The basic synopsis of Stepford retelling with AI, sounded like it would be a lot of fun.  It certainly was.  

Growing along with Cookie as she becomes self-aware, and decides not to take shit from Normie, was a fist-pump.  you GO,  girl.  I didn't know what to think of Maggie at first, I was hoping for some gay-I romance, but it turned out to be even more interesting. 

Let's talk about those babies.  when you get there, just WOW

Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This one wasn't for me - which is a shame because the writing was really good. I picked this up as it was tagged as LGBTQ but the content is minimal. This isn't the kind of thing I would normally read, but I think if you're into AI and The Stepford Wives you'd really enjoy this book (disclaimer - I've never seen the movie).

I appreciated the storyline - I just didn't enjoy it per se. The strong womanoid characters are fascinating, as are is the story. It is quite dark, there's lots of trauma in v
Paul Kater
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful read about Womanoids.
It had a good pace, lots of funny quirks and an interesting story-line.

Being an IT person, I liked the automation-snippets and the chapter titles as well.

As usual, no spoiler, so get the book yourself and enjoy a good and fun read!
Mar 14, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alpha Bots by Ava Lock isn't the typical genre that I read. The concept for this one is a little bizarre, with an artificial intelligence take on Stepford Wives. The female robots think and act like humans and are in service to men. I listened to the audio narration which was engaging and made for some light listening. Parts of this were silly, though there were underlying themes of feminism and parts of this book were mature and dark. I felt like the book was a little long for what it was, and ...more
My enjoyment of this book was like a roller coaster, it really surprised me, annoyed me, and confused me at multiple points. Haha, I guess that is a provocative combination! As an audio book the cutesy baby talk was quite annoying - but I get that that was the point, but the voice of the MC was over done in my mind and lessened my enjoyment (same for the main male character). I loved the evolution of the story line, big props for such an original plot, really kept me on my toes. The end didn't f ...more
Leland Lydecker
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bi-curious Stepford Wives + femme Fight Club
In a small town where all the women are AI, a corrupt policewoman picks a fight with a drug-cooking housewife, igniting a provocative rivalry that could wind up killing all the men.

We join artificial housewife Cookie Rifkin as she grapples with intense anxiety and the restless feeling that her life should consist of something more than housekeeping, trips to the grocery store, and her uninspiring and rather unpleasant husband, Norman.

Cookie is the one
Allison Wall
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A kick-ass, SF feminist satire from debut author Ava Lock! Lock uses tropes found in SF (artificial intelligence, the Nevada desert, test zones, ethical dilemmas around AI) to create a searing critique of male/female gender roles. Very smart, and a fascinating read.
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-read
Book Review: Alpha Bots
Author: Ava Lock
Publisher: Semiscope
Publication Date: March 20, 2020
Review Date: November 25, 2020

From the blurb:
“In the near future, artificial intelligence will be in every home. She will be whatever you want her to be. That’s right. You can have a charming womanoid do all your cooking and cleaning for you. Just think. No more chores! She can be your wife, a nanny to your kids, or just the housekeeper. It’s all up to you.

Just set your user preferences.

But first, this a
Nicola Michelle
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
The premise of this book initially intrigued me and drew me in - the idea of Artificially intelligent created women made to serve men .. it sounds like every mans dream. And it’s great justice to read it all go wrong!

It was so interesting to hear through Cookies (the main characters) thought processes, how she was programmed and her own struggles as she became sentient and aware of the limitations of her life. Overcoming her programming and expanding her horizons. It’s a great book in overcomin
Ruth Frampton
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
What a great concept for a series. This first book begins setting up the main character, Cookie Rifkin and how she fits into the AI world of the Stepford wives. What at first experience seems an innocuous maybe even suggestive relationship with Maggie leads to the idea being turned on its head when she gets power hungry. The use of internal dialogue is interestingly used along with the imagery, sometimes sexual, that brings the characters to "life".
Ava Lock uses the AI ability to "upload" to gr
Alpha Bots was an absolutely wild adventure. Without spoiling too much, it's Stepford Wives meets Fight Club, brushing up to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep along the way.

Cookie is a perfect housewife with a few secrets (and a hefty banana bill) who finds herself in the centre of a an experiment.

I found this such a fun read and laughed aloud more than once. It's dark and violent at times, but is overwhelmingly just a great adventure. There's a chapter by chapter trigger warning list which ma
Jan 18, 2021 rated it did not like it
It's narration was the first thing to put me off. I don't like when the narrator, male or female, tries to do the voice of the opposite sex. It doesn't work. But I could have put that aside if the story didn't start out like a cliché porn script. Not that porn scripts are ever not cliché. It fully lost me, and this is strikingly early on, when the android announced she got high off bananas. Granted their was a lot of them, and pilling and boiling and baking but still... bananas. That was enough ...more
Toria (some what in hiatus)
Aug 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Weird isn't the right word for the book, maybe very diffrent. A futuristic feminist book about female AI (robots) trying to get control over their lifes and bodies. It was hard to listen to at times because of the devastating treatment mainly the main character, Cookie have to face, but also other female robots. The audiobook was very engaging and easy to get invested to. Very intriguied to see where the series goes next ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't take this too seriously, as was apparently intended, and it was loads of fun! Lots of my favorite topics wrapped up in an intriguing futuristic (but not TOO futuristic) mystery. ...more
Lin Perrett
May 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
Thank you Netgalley for the audio copy. The story of a womanoid Cookie Rifkin. This was a little slow moving and slightly bizarre story.
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I finished it. Not sure why though. A morass of ideas and satire. Changes direction constantly and not in a good or followable way. It was difficult to find sympathy or interest in anyone.
Alexandra Donadio
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This reading was interesting, and very funny. I admit that it was very original, I really like being with Cookie in her journey.
I admit that while reading, I was impatient to know more about what Cookie was going to do next.
I aslo loved, how she became her own person and not the bots who was owned.

I'm more a fan of M/F books, and I had hard time from time to time with the LGBTQIA part !! I'm sure some people will definitely be into it and will love it, it's just not my thing !!
Anne Secher
*I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange from an honest review.*

Thanks to them and Ava Lock for allowing me to read this.

3.7 stars.

A dystopian world in which all females are bots and males but one are human. A depiction of submissiveness of women, how outrageous seemed to the 'perfect housewife' that there were others living differently, The Truman Show delusion and Stockholm Syndrome greatly intertwined.

Ava's style is quite easy to read but not too simplistic. It consists m
Sameena Jehanzeb
dnf at 52 % so I won't give it a rating.

I hate everything about this book so far so I guess I am not the right person for it. Seems like "satirical feminism" isn't my cup of tea. Other people love this book so please check out their reviews too.

***Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher who provided me with an ARC of this book.***
Amy King
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twists and turns of an AI housewife

AlphaBots blends AI ethics, humanness, and gender into a story of thrill, danger, growth, self-awareness, and love that’s Stepford Wives meets Fight Club. A couple times the book took me in a different direction than where I thought we were going and I enjoyed being wrong each time.
Leviathan Libraries
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was fucking weird, and I’m here for it. I might not get any social commentary the author was trying to make because I was too busy wondering what the hell I was reading, but that doesn’t change the fact that I was right there eagerly reading it.

For our full review on Sci-FI & Scary, click here: https://www.scifiandscary.com/alpha-b...
✰♥✰ ↠Dominique↞ ✰♥✰
What the fuck did i just listen to!?

Sorry not sorry for the language but this was honestly so, so bad!

From the get go, i hated our lead character Cookie. The narrators voice when playing her was just absolutely abnoxious and grated me the wrong way.

I think i must have spent more than 60% of the book trying to just understand what the hell was going on. It just didn't make any sense? You'd start a chapter one way, and then the whole thing would go every which way and wouldn't make any sense at
Jamie Pitman
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Second time reading has taken forever. Blame 6 weeks of active jury service.
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Ava Lock writes feminist science fiction that features badass women and wild technology. She lives in Nevada with her human husband and a feline named Bender, neither of whom have a mean bone in their bodies. But her villains are the stuff of nightmares.

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