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Virtual Girl by Amy Thomson
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it was ok
bookshelves: female-authors-sci-fi, sci-fi, non-human-main-character, loanable-owned

This book is about Maggie, the first android built. No one has done it before, in part because Building AI's has been made illegal. She was made to be an innocent and caring companion; she is built intentionally to be naive and unworldly.

I worry I got defensive over a message I imagined and it has prevented me from judging this book accurately.

The message in this book seems to me to be white people are corrupted by privilege and prejudice, while minorities are virtuous victims of society. The characters just seem like caricatures, it felt like manufacturing evidence rather than showing truths about human nature. On top of that I found the technobabble to be a bit forced and unrealistic. Maggie to be utterly unconvincing to me as an android. Maggie does work as a naive, innocent observer, but she is far too childlike and human.
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Reading Progress

August 5, 2013 – Shelved
August 5, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
March 27, 2014 – Started Reading
April 1, 2014 – Shelved as: female-authors-sci-fi
April 1, 2014 – Shelved as: sci-fi
April 1, 2014 – Shelved as: non-human-main-character
April 1, 2014 – Finished Reading
July 22, 2014 – Shelved as: loanable-owned

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