Set in a near-future LA, a man falls in love with a beautiful android—but when she is kidnapped and sold piecemeal on the black market, he must track down her parts to put her back together.
Bad luck for Eliot Lazar, he fell in love with an android, a beautiful C-900 named Iris Matsuo. That's the kind of thing that can get you killed in late 21th century Los Angeles or anywhere else for that matter – anywhere except the man-made island of Avernus, far out in the Pacific, which is where Eliot and Iris are headed once they get their hands on a boat. But then one night Eliot knocks on Iris's door only to find she was kidnapped, chopped up, sold for parts.
Unable to move on and unwilling to settle for a woman with a heartbeat, Eliot vows to find the parts to put Iris back together again—and to find the sonofabitch who did this to her and get his revenge.
With a determined LAPD detective on his trail and time running out in a city where machines and men battle for control, Eliot Lazar embarks on a bloody journey that will take him to the edge of a moral precipice from which he can never return, from which mankind can never return.
Judd Trichter's Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is a science fiction love story that asks the question, how far will you go to save someone you love?
The venerable science fiction theme of human/android love gets an original twist in this impressive debut novel set in late 21st-century Los Angeles. Bot-maker Eliot Lazar is indulging in a forbidden romance with android Iris Matsuo when she is abducted and dismantled for parts. Sidestepping the law, Eliot immerses himself in the shadowy underworld of rogue android trappers, chop-shop recyclers, and bot black marketers in the hope of retrieving all of Iris's components before replacement parts permanently alter her personality. Trichter foregrounds Eliot and Iris's intimate love affair against a meticulously worked out near future in which androids, who live in polluted ghettos as second-class citizens, are on the verge of violent revolt against the humans who exploit them for their labor. The incendiary potential of that scenario intensifies the suspense of Eliot's desperate mission to save Iris, and drives the plot of this novel down some surprising and refreshingly unpredictable avenues.