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Title: This Is Me
Author(s): C.E. Wilson
Genre: NA, Romance, Sci-Fi
Page Count: 310
Published: August 11th, 2016 (today!!!)
Format: Kindle Edition
Source: Sent in exchange for an honest review
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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?”
I’ve already read several novels by Wilson, so I was pleasantly grateful & excited to be able to read yet another novel by this author! Not only that, but this is my first New Adult read of the year, so I was pretty stoked to read & review it!
|| The Feels: 4/5 || Emotions: Suspense, Humour || Characters: 4/5 || Character Development: 4/5 || Plot: 4/5 || Interest: 4/5 || Writing: 4/5 || Narration: 4/5 || Flow of Reading: 4.5/5 || Ending: 4/5
Want a more in depth review? Keep reading!
“Rogan was her ASIST — Anthropomorphic Sentient Individualized Servile uniT, or Asist for short, and he hadn’t been cheap.”
Chloe lives in a world ALMOST like ours today. There are people, there are jobs for people to have, the sun is shining (sometimes)…and there are robots. “ROBOTS??? Like the ones that shoot bullets??” No, not necessarily. In C.E. Wilson’s, This Is Me, Chloe lives in a more advanced world; the world most of us have dreamed of forever — a world with ASISTs. ASISTs are like…your DREAM maid; they provide protection, assistance, and companionship to their owners. And in this case, Rogan is Chloe’s ASIST. Rogan is EVERYthing Chloe has always wanted only because she created him. She made him exactly how she would want her dream guy — tattooed, tall, & dependable. And of course, this could lead to some conflict. Why would someone want to spend the rest of their life with a machine? Machines can’t even FEEL anything (or can they?)? And what about…the intimacy aspect of relationships? Rogan & Chloe have a special kind of relationship that most people don’t approve of, but how can Chloe help it?? No one else looks at her the way Rogan does, & heck, he’s JUST what she is looking for! But, again, who’s going to accept this kind of relationship???
“Rogan had been a friend, a roommate, a servant, a security guard, and…a few other things in the few months she has owned him.”
Chloe is a lonesome young adult who has entered the big city life…Well, sort of. While she is a substitute teacher during the day, she also sings at local night clubs just to spice up her life a little bit. But, we all know everyone needs that certain SOMEONE (or something?) to make their life somewhat more enjoyable and/or complete. And deep down inside, Chloe is struggling to figure out who (or what) can do that for her.
“Chloe, Rogan isn’t a person. He’s a machine, and once you learn to understand that, then you and I can start double-dating. Doesn’t that sound a lot more fun than sitting around with your Asist?”
So here enters Niven Adams — a handsome, confident, human being who just so happens to find Chloe to be the most attractive woman on the earth. Chloe & Niven also have something special; they both sing, teach, & have a passion for music. But wait, they are also going for the same teaching job opportunity. Oh, and Niven doesn’t approve of ASISTs. As you can see, Chloe is in a very BIG dilemma…Does she face the truth about her feelings towards Rogan? Or does she forget about Rogan and try to have a “real” relationship with Niven? What even makes a person a “person”? Well, in C.E. Wilson’s, This Is Me, you find out exactly what unravels page by page, and should you be surprised? I guess you just have to find out! 😉
“Asists aren’t much different than humans.”
All together I had a really fun time with This Is Me. It was definitely a new genre, but also a new kind of writing style that was great to venture. As expected, Wilson’s writing was very easy to read and to follow along. There was a good balance of dialogue vs. discussion which I appreciated. At times, the pages could get a little tedious, but that was only occasional.
I did enjoy the wide arrange of characters that Wilson described — Niven was definitely a jerk throughout the novel, but that definitely added some suspense between Rogan and him. Chloe and Monica’s relationship was so humorous at times and I loved their dialogue sessions. Chloe alone was a little annoying at times just because she was quite whiny with what she wanted, but I could sort of relate because I’m a very indecisive person xD
There was definitely some underlying themes that someone could take away from this novel. A few that I found to be underlined were:
- What “makes” a person is up to you.
- Think for yourself.
- If you love someone, let them know.
The overall plot of the novel was what really kept me interested. While it did drag in some places, there was a lot of conflict between certain characters & overall I enjoyed reading until the end because I couldn’t predict who Chloe was going to pick! I have to say the ending was pretty well executed & this was a kind of “twist” on a love-triangle. But for some reason, I didn’t really notice the love-triangle aspect until the end, lol. I don’t know if it was because Wilson executed the trope so well or if I really wasn’t thinking about it, but surprisingly this love triangle didn’t bother me!! It definitely isn’t your average “bad boy, good girl” or vice-versa, partially because one of them really isn’t a “human”…but anyways, DON’T HESITATE TO READ THIS ONE BECAUSE OF THE LOVE TRIANGLE!!!
“Times are changing,” Chloe said firmly. “If people don’t think we should be together, then they can turn their heads.”
So what’s the ultimate verdict?
I gave C.E. Wilson’s, This Is Me, a…
4 out of 5 stars
Have you read anything by C.E. Wilson? Do you have any New Adult recommendations? Chat with me in the comments! 🙂
THANK YOU to C.E. Wilson for introducing me to the New Adult genre. I will definitely be reading more New Adult from here on out. I had a wonderful time reading & reviewing your novel, so thank you, again, for the opportunity.
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