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Tell the Machine Goodnight



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Author
Williams, Katie
Descriptors
Artificial Intelligence
Computers
Contemporary Fiction
Corporations
Eating Disorders
Literary Fiction
Love
Moral Issues
Mothers and Sons
Science Fiction
Single Mothers
Speculative Fiction
Technology
Location/Setting:
California
Time Period:
22nd Century
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Summary
Pearl works for Apricity, a company that sells, via its smart “Alexa”-like device, personalized (and often outrageous) recommendations for individuals’ greater contentment. Pearl is convinced Apricity makes their clients happier and is good at her job. Ironically, though, Pearl isn't content herself, and she is especially frustrated that she can’t help her emotionally-troubled teenage son, Rhett, who seems satisfied in being unhappy.
Critique
This perfect little book about people and their ideas of happiness (and their reliance on technology) is a series of linked stories set in the near-future and a frightening look at what people might become if they treat their personal devices like companions. Science fiction meets literary fiction meets cautionary tale in this compulsively readable, clever debut.
ISBN
9780525537366
  iBistro
# of Pages
287
Published
2018
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Reviewer's Initials: CO


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