Hi guys! I haven’t posted a review on here for quite awhile so I kinda forgot the format 😅 And I just realised that I’ve written this review just in time for its release 😮
Many thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for the review opportunity!
I would say that this is a spoiler free review but that’s subjective (-:
This is Me.
by C.E. Wilson
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Live and Love the Fantasy Publications
Publication Date: 11 August 2016
My Rating: 4 / 5
Anthropomorphic Sentient Individualized Servile uniT
Rogan is a robot. More specifically, he is an Asist – a personalized humanoid servant that provides protection, assistance, and companionship for a lonely young woman living on her own in the city. Chloe is trying to get her big break, singing at bars and clubs all over the city at night while she pays the bills as a substitute teacher during the day. Ever since she activated him many months ago, Rogan has been her beautiful, dependable, obedient, dead-eyed security blanket.
One morning she is shocked when he disobeys a direct command in an attempt to please her and his dull artificial eyes flash a hint of something new. Is this the result of the adaptive Asist servility programming or is Rogan actually thinking? Can a robot think? Can a robot feel?
As Chloe struggles with these thoughts she is blindsided by the singular Niven Adams, a handsome, confident man with the voice of an angel who is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. He’s the perfect guy for her, except for one problem. Niven doesn’t approve of Asists and takes an immediate dislike to Rogan. As Niven charms his way deeper and deeper into Chloe’s heart, Rogan tries to convince her that he is more than a mass-produced disposable servant.
With Rogan doing everything in his power to prove that his thoughts and feelings are real and Niven trying to persuade her to abandon her robot and have a normal human relationship, Chloe is trapped between the two things that mean the most to her. Does she embrace her relationship with the blond newcomer, or face that her Asist’s feelings may be more than features of his programming?
What really makes a person a person?
Is it a ticking muscle inside their chest, or is it something more?
My first impression of Rogan can be summed up in one word: Castiel
I always imagined him doing that cat-like head tilt whenever he got confused:
Him staring intensely as if he were looking into your soul:
Even though they look nothing alike, I just can’t help but picture Cas in my mind.
The writing was easy to follow, with the plot not being the main focus, but rather the relationships between the characters and the remaining stigma against human-Assist relationships. There wasn’t really a boring moment in the book. However, the POV, despite being written in third person, tends to jump around. One moment we’ll be reading Chloe’s thoughts, and the next we’re suddenly in Rogan’s mind, within the same chapter. It wasn’t confusing, but more of annoying.
Speaking of annoying, you know what else was annoying? Chloe’s character. It irritated me immensely. Her indecision. Her willingness to listen to Niven and consider his suggestions, even if she was initially strongly against them. Her desperation to have a human-human relationship because she’s so scared about what others would think of her if she didn’t. She basically forced herself to think that she was in love with Niven and basked in ignorance and denial of the truth. Also, she has this really weird habit of chewing her hair. Ugh.
The other characters, however, were loveable (maybe except Monica and Niven). Rogan was just really cute and, gah, sad. “Her happiness is my happiness.” Can you stop being so selfless. Monica is supposedly Chloe’s best friend but honestly she’s only there for the sole purpose of urging Chloe to get a human-human relationship. Then she proceeds to disappear for the last quarter of the book. It’s like Chloe has totally forgotten about her as she now have new (and more) friends. Bree and Fitz were great additions to the cast. I really enjoyed Bree’s character. She’s really strong despite her size and so very human.
This is a great read, even if you are not much a fan of romance (like me). I 9/10 recommend it to everyone.