He looks, and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is to tutor Cat.
When the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.
Due to be published by Angry Robot books in February of 2013, this book is one that came to the publisher through their Open Door month, and apparently had editor Lee Harris unable to leave the train station until he had finished reading it. Even if it hadn’t been for that endorsement, the synopsis alone would have had me interested. Stories about robots are nothing new, but stories about robots coming to grips with their own sense of being? Now that’s something I can sink my teeth into!
The cover art has a really interesting feel to it, too. The mostly greyscale and muted colours make for a really stark and lonely image, even without the symbolism of a figure walking down an empty road.
Keep your eyes out for this one early next year. I know I will be!