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Plum Rains
Plum Rains | Andromeda Romano-Lax
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2029: In Japan, a historically mono-cultural nation, childbirth rates are at a critical low and the elderly are living increasingly long lives. This population crisis has precipitated a mass immigration of foreign medical workers from all over Asia—as well as the development of refined artificial intelligence to step in where humans fall short. In Tokyo, Angelica Navarro, a Filipina nurse who has been working in Japan for the last five years, is the caretaker for Sayoko Itou, an intensely private woman about to turn 100 years old. Angelica is a dedicated nurse, working night and day to keep her paperwork in order, obey the strict labor laws for foreign nationals, study for her ongoing proficiency exams, and most of all keep her demanding client happy. But one day Sayoko receives a present from her son: a cutting-edge robot caretaker that will educate itself to anticipate Sayoko's every need. Angelica wonders if she is about to be forced out of her much-needed job by an inanimate object—one with a preternatural ability to uncover the most deeply buried secrets of the humans around it. While Angelica is fighting back against the AI with all of her resources, Sayoko is becoming more and more attached to the machine. The old woman is hiding many secrets of her own—and maybe now she's too old to want to keep them anymore. In a tour de force tapestry of science fiction and historical fiction, Andromeda Romano-Lax presents a story set in Japan and Taiwan that spans a century of empire, conquest, progress, and destruction. Plum Rains elegantly broaches such important contemporary conversations as immigration, the intersection of labor and technology, the ecological fate of our planet and the future of its children.
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fleeting
Plum Rains | Andromeda Romano-Lax
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My June reads. Tagged book is perhaps my favorite, but I enjoyed Bangkok and Cusk's trilogy, too (I read the first book last month). I usually average at 6, so this was a good month for me. 🏖 I have one more month of vacation, so I'm curating my books for July!

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fleeting
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The synopsis doesn't do this justice: gender roles, women's rights, aborigines & cyborgs; decimated pasts, uncertain futures. The cost of a human life during war, repeated w/ different players but same outcomes. You meet an indigenous group in Taiwan, a Japan struggling w/ infertility, Philippine OFWs, a glimpse of broken Alaska w/ a promise in exchange for your life. But what else can be traded for, except your own life?

fleeting Humans and their constant battle with AI: convenient, or will they take over? How much do we sacrifice for modernity, how much humanity is lost? But in Hiro, whose steel body acquires feeling, we see how he becomes more human than desensitized people raised in violence & savagery, whether urban dwellers or aborigines. I have to admit I almost gave up on this at the start. Don't; you'll be rewarded sufficiently. Near-perfect. 4w
batsy Aaaand stacked! 😊 I'd never heard of this; sounds so interesting. 4w
fleeting @batsy you know I just stumbled upon this at the bookstore and took a chance (v rare for me). I was intrigued at the premise and wow did I get more than what was written in the synopsis. I hope you like it; full review's up in goodreads if you're interested! ☺️ 4w
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fleeting
Plum Rains | Andromeda Romano-Lax
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The end of May signals the start of the rainy season in my corner of the world, but it's June and the rain's just trickling in. Here's a stack instead featuring it in their titles, because I just finished 'Bangkok' and am now reading 'Plum Rains.' Luckily I have a couple, so this stack is bookended by rainbows, because who doesn't look for the rainbow after a shower? Lovely that they're all set in Asia (mostly Japan!), except for Villaseñor's.

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NicoleCeBallos
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This was a great sci-fi book! In the future, humans are living much longer and Japan is importing foreign nurses to take care of their aging population. Hiro is an AI given to Sayoko by her son to be a companion. Anjelica is her nurse, who doesn't trust him. It's a fascinating story about humanity, secrets, and a dark part of WW II that the Japanese don't speak of. #robots #artificialintelligence

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BookNAround
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Not my usual type of book but I‘ve heard great things. And where else should you read a book about AI but at the mechanic where your not so smart car is getting checked over.

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