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Ungirls

Disorder collection, Book 3
Narrated by: Lauren Beukes, Amy Young
Series: Disorder collection, Book 3
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the near future, lab-grown sex dolls are the pleasure toy of choice in this disturbing and provocative short story from Lauren Beukes, the bestselling author of The Shining Girls.

Actor and sex worker Nats is experienced at putting on a show. However, her new gig supplying intimate whispers for growgirls takes her to a place darker and lonelier than she could have ever imagined. The lab-grown dolls can respond to pleasure or pain; their synthetic heads contain only the simplest AI to prevent any pesky robo sex doll uprisings. But just because growgirls don’t have a brain, doesn’t mean they don’t have a voice...

Ungirls is part of Disorder, a collection of six short stories of living nightmares, chilling visions, and uncanny imagination that explore a world losing its balance in terrifying ways. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single disorienting sitting.

©2019 Lauren Beukes (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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So dark! So good!

Imagine a future where headless, lab-grown human bodies become a booming sex doll industry. This dark and delightful story stays grounded in realistic characters and explores the emotional labour of sex work, toxic masculinity and the nightmare of being doxxed.
Buy it now, it's extremely good!

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  • Michael
  • MADISON, WI, United States
  • 07-12-19

Lauren Beukes Enters PKD Land

This short story is better than most of the novels I've read or listened to this year. I know there are many authors who are said to have picked up where PKD left off but Lauren Beukes really has. Using today's social media (and the ridiculous way people behave on it) as well future bio-sex-tech, Beukes crafts a very plausible sci-fi short. I can't wait for another full length novel from LB.
5 Stars *****

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Could Use Work

This could use a rewrite and it would be better as a novel instead of a short story.

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  • Sarah
  • North Little Rock, AR, United States
  • 06-29-19

Filthy, but interesting

The content and language of this story are extremely explicit. It was a little hard to follow from one chapter to the next, but I got the hang of it eventually. It ended abruptly without much closure, but the concepts in the story were interesting.

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