Publishing Date: September 2013
Publisher Description: Hyper-intelligent Jayna is a star performer at top predictive agency Mayhew McCline, where she forecasts economic and social trends. A brilliant mathematical modeler, she far outshines her co-workers, often correcting their work on the quiet. Her latest coup: finding a link between northeasterly winds and violent crime.
Review: Cover art is pretty good.
Finally, after a weekend of wading through shit novels, I find a diamond amongst the turds. This was an incredibly engrossing novel. Jayna is a simulant. Really the best way to describe her is that she is a manufactured clone with a variety of genes that make up her enhanced IQ. She lives in a kind of warren with other simulants that the Constructor pays for. The Constructor leases simulants to various businesses that derive a monetary or service benefit from their work. They really have no personality or personal interests outside of working.
Initially Jayna comes off as one cold bitch, but she is a hyper analytical simulant where everything is black and white and emotions do not fit into her processing of events. This leads her to question others actions around her, and so begins her mental journey as a self-discovered human being.
The author has amazing character development. She moves you together with Jayna throughout her journey as a non-personality simulant to someone who marvels at the worlds facets while finding love. Jayna recognizes people that she loves but can’t seem to put those words down. She merely notes how her body responds and the subsequent thoughts that flit through her consciousness. The ending is appropriate and offers hope for the reader. It is a tough sell when you care for the writers chosen simulant.
This was a wonderful read. I would have rated it at close to 5 stars but the author contributes to the Huffington Post, so that makes her inherently evil.