My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Lisa Burton is a new kind of robot. Built in the concept lab, she will be dismantled at the end of the experiment.
Lisa is a bit naive when she starts her new life, but soon learns to fit into modern society.
She gets assigned to the Hudson Police Department to study how she reacts to pressure, stress, and the everyday world. Hudson PD assigns her to a homicide case to catch the Escort Executioner.
When the escorts start showing up dismembered, she decides not to conclude her own experiment. She takes off on her own adventure to turn the tables on her creators.
Genre(s): Urban Science Fiction [this is my (Karen’s) invention, derived from the categorisation ‘Urban Fantasy’]
Length: 296 pages
“…I have a reward for you. When we get home, you’re going to get a job and live like everyone else. Dr. Reed will monitor your progress, and report back to the company.”
“What job am I assigned to?” Lisa asked. Her enthusiasm faded, being just an automation.
“I’ve arranged a position with the Hudson Police Department. Only your supervisor and your partner will know the truth about you. Dr. Bench will upgrade your software for police work, and off you go. You’ll even get a paycheck…”
This story introduces you to Lisa Burton. She is a robot with a job – and with increasing sensitivity… I cannot tell you more about the story as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.
With Wild Concept, C. S. Boyack presents us with the incredible experiences Lisa Burton – an automation – makes during her job with Hudson PD and in her personal life. This story is cleverly elaborated, has a real good flow, a certain humorous streak, focuses on Lisa, her personal growth and her acquaintances. Except for Lisa, C. S. Boyack describes his characters’ looks in not too much detail, you can imagine them clearly nonetheless. I was drawn in, felt very close to the Lisa and the events. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a very good time reading Wild Concept. The flow changes at a certain point, underlining the required change in Lisa’s ‘life’. Enjoy and see how Lisa develops, roar with laughter, cry, shake your head, whenever it suits you. Lisa Burton is my favourite (book) character of the year 2014.
This is a book to read again.
About the author
I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.
I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.
I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.
Connect with the Author:
Amazon: C. S. Boyack
Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Wild Concept? Or – if you did not yet read Wild Concept – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
My question for you cinephiles:
If Wild Concept was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂