PUBLISHER: Rita Straddling – Independently Published
DATE PUBLISHED: 18th December 2017
Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.
Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.
To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.
Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.
This New Adult Futuristic retelling of Beauty and the Beast broaches the topic of Artificial Intelligence whilst keeping elements of the original story in such a way as to create a new take on a classic tale. This tale as old as time has gotten a serious reboot.
Lor plays the part of “Beast”. He is a character that undergoes serious development through the book. He has never been exposed tot he outside world and so he must remain in his tower working as a corporate tycoon with is robot staff. Until Alainn comes into his life.
Alainn is the daughter of a robotic scientist who has been commissioned to create an AI robot for Lor (Spookily, the robot looks exactly like Alainn). However, the robot has created a mind of her own and does not wish to go to the tower. Seeking more time Alainn goes to the tower pretending to be the robot Rose so that her father is not sent to prison.
The relationship that developed between these two characters was both complex and heart-warming. At times I was a little bit concerned about the fact that Lor thinks he is falling for a robot but the relationship works and I waited on baited breath until it was revealed that Alainn was not the robot Rose. The action really picked up through the book and I liked the backstories of both protagonists adding to the dimensions of their characters. I love how there was mention of books as this is a big element of why I as a reader personally love Belle.
I have to give special mentions to the robots Blue and Rosette who were standout characters for me in this book. I enjoyed the exploration of ethics and morals in regards to AI and the influence on society and humanity, it added an extra layer to the story. This was a futuristic take on a story many know and love that has created a totally new retelling.
Keep Calm and Read On,