Big business is booming and state institutions are thriving thanks to advances in genetic engineering, which have produced a compliant population free from addictions. Violent crime is now a rarity. Mayhew McCline, a major corporation that analyzes global trends, has hired a genius: Jayna.
A brilliant mathematical modeler, she has the ability to produce accurate predictions that are both good for the world and good for the bottom line. Her latest coup: finding a link between northeasterly winds and violent crime. When a string of events contradicts her forecasts - including a multiple homicide on the wrong day - Jayna suspects she needs more data and better intuition. She needs to understand what it means to be "normal," so she disrupts her strict daily routine and, unknowingly, sets herself on a path that leads to new encounters, new experiences, and - perhaps most dangerous - new emotions.
©2013 Anne Charnock (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The mind of the heroine of the story is quite fascinating...genetically developed to have a very logical and mathematically-inclined mind, she also possesses an excess of curiosity and burgeoning emotions that will later get her in trouble. Watching her develop was very interesting. The narrator was perfect for the character.
It may be because I am influenced by what I am reading now, but A Lady of Devices has a theme of a young woman out of tune with her culture and trying to break free.
The pace of the book is good for listening to. Sometimes I find books that are enjoyable reads too slow to enjoy listening to and land up listening at 1.5 or double speed to long drawn out parts.I gave the story only 4 stars because I usually save five stars for very intense and heavy reading (when it deserves it).
This was a very different book, and the narrator captured the characters very well. I liked learning about how Jayna became more than just a simulant automaton and started to develop a sense of self and interest in the world around her instead of just doing the job she was created for. There are "born" humans and simulants and the narrator does a nice job of keeping a flatter affect for the simulants vs. the more active voices of the born humans.
I just could not get the jets of this book. I guess I did not read the reviews close enough. Waste of Points or $$
"A good book is the best contentment has"
Couldn't say. Maybe a more patient person? Maybe a more inquisitive person? Maybe no one? Maybe someone who gave it a higher rating?
Not Susan's Fault?
Confusion, leading to hope then to unsatisfaction (I know it’s not a word, but it should be in the case of this book). I wasn’t dissatisfied, I was unsatisfied. I liked the premise and I wanted to like the book but there were several things that got in my way.
First, it was really confusing in the beginning. I thought at first I had started with part 2, but realized there was only one part to the book.
Secondly, the narrator’s British accent made it really difficult for me to understand what she was saying. I eventually did work through that and came to like her narration by the end of the book.
My third frustration was the ending. I’m not going to spoil it, actually you can’t spoil something that didn’t really happened anyway. I’ve never been a big fan of books and movies that sort of leave it up to the reader to come up with their own ending. Why would an author invest all that time to develop the characters and leave their fate up to a reader. Thus, the unsatisfaction.
All in all, this book wasn’t worth the considerable effort I put in to listening to it. There is the seed of a great story here, but unfortunately that seed never sprouted and took root.
I feel sorry for those who don't think they enjoy science fiction so therefore won't give this book a try. Like all good science fiction, it is ultimately about the human condition, about ourselves. It's a super concept and was delivered very well. I'll keep an eye out for future books by this author.
The author's conveyance of the mind of a created human, with no history and limited emotional range, but enhanced reasoning abilities was utterly convincing.
Not really a "page-turner" in the sense of edge-of-your-seat suspense. If you appreciate exploring the future world of humans, bionics and humans bred with certain traits - a world that every day seems more possible, and entering the mind of a person who's thoughts are unlike any heroine's you've ever read, you'll keep reading.
Ah...she was the perfect voice for Jayna.
Can we create a better "human" - and if we could, would we want to?
The ending is worth reading. Just when you think it might all tie up too nicely...well, not quite. But still a very satisfying conclusion.
Kept plodding through, hoping and hoping it would get interesting....not my kind of story, I guess.
I like Donald Westlake and Thomas Perry but thought I'd try something different.... :(
Very well done. But I can't leave it there. It was also a well built story. You thought something was different from the first, it grew to understanding, developed into a surprisingly tense climax and ended with some satisfaction of sorts.
Futuristic realism. Could it happen? Yes, indeed I'm afraid it could.
What I thought at first was a sort of robotic-like quality to her voice turned out to be quite fitting for the story. Not sure if it was meant to be that way, but it worked well nevertheless
The ending was unexpected until you read the epilogues. In the end I was smiling.
This was a good read and was a bit surprising.
The author's knowledge and description of statistical analysis and processes was amazing. I was impressed.
Good reader. Fit the story and characters.
No extreme reaction.
I would read a sequel
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