Alek is the latest version of a SimAid, a mechanical household domestic designed by TARIA, Technology And Robotics In Action, an company r world-renowned for its advancements in Artificial Intelligence. One of Alek’s jobs is to care for the Archambaults’ only daughter, Bean. The precocious young girl, who does not connect with her workaholic parents nor her cruel classmates, forges a friendship with Alek.
After losing time and awakening in a strange lab, Alek realizes that his programming has been altered. He begins to experience odd sensations and feelings. When Alek’s creator, Adam Trent visits the family, Alek worries about Trent’s intense interest in him.
As another year passes, Alek continues to change subtly, but realizes he must hide these alterations. Adam Trent, along with Bean’s mother, Catherine, decide to experimentally endow Alek with a pair of human hands, presumably to improve his usefulness.
Following the successful implantation, Alek is next fitted with human eyes. His biological add-ons increase his feelings that he is becoming more human. While Sabine ages from a quirky child into a teenager struggling to find her own identity, she continues to spend much of her time with Alek, teaching him about humour, music, and art.
Bean’s father, Sebastien, suspects something is different about Alek. He takes him to his lab where he discovers the truth - a truth that will tear a family apart and make everyone question their beliefs about what it means to be human.
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I really enjoyed the book! I'm actually reading a hard copy of the book but came on here so I could also have it on the go. I'm really enjoying the book and can't put it down. I can't wait for the sequel :)
Loved this book, Ms. Grant! Written perfectly, I can't wait until the sequel!!!
An Astonishing Achievement!
From all the books I've read, this novel stands out starkly in my mind from many others.
For one, I simply loved the deep character development, particularly of the protagonist. Rarely do you get to see a character evolve in a manner that is as relatable and engrossing!
I was also surprised at how the novel made me reexamine my own life and the things we take for granted; it is a joy to see these concepts explored from a fresh perspective!
This novel is certainly different from many other derivative YA books and explores many intriguing concepts about our own humanity -- for that alone, it is worth reading. Combined with the great writing that kept me hooked and turning the pages, Being Human is a must read!