It’s been years since humans died out, making Freya’s original purpose as a beautiful female companion obsolete. She may miss humans (whom she calls her True Love), but even for androids, life goes on. Freya travels around, using whatever skills she has as someone designed solely for human pleasure that are still useful in android society to scrape out an existence.

“The dirty truth– a truth universally acknowledged today, but bizarrely never admitted by any of my True Love’s kind– is that space travel is shit.”

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After being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Freya begins work at the Jeeves Corporation as a messenger and starts to become embroiled in a veiled plot that will could alter the meaning of her existence and change the foundation of society.

Why is this on our bookshelf?

Saturn’s Children has been called a space opera, a tribute to the works of Isaac Aismov and Robert Heinlein,  and the earliest work of fiction to use the dwarf planet Eris as a setting (however briefly).

Rating (3 stars)

Honestly, if I read the book again, I may rate it higher. I was too distracted by the many and varied descriptions of android sexual activity that I might have missed most of the plot.

I mean, I never considered myself a prudish person, but still!

Weirdly enough, a lot of it ends up being rather important to the overall plot, but I still thought it distracting. Despite my issue with this, I loved Freya’s character and spunkiness. This android is “only human.” Rock on, Freya.