Book Review: The Plus One by Sarah Archer [71/100 * 2019]

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 
   

“[…]About the fact that she really did still want to find the right guy, in spite of all the bruises that come with cracking your heart from its exoskeleton. About the growing suspicion that she couldn’t find the right guy because she wasn’t the right person.”

 

Thank you, Edelweiss and GP Putnam for the advance copy to review! This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.

Buy This Book 📖
📚 Series: No
📚 Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
📚 POV: Third person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.

⚠ Content Warnings: Self Esteem Issues. Blackmail. Engineering Stereotypes.
⚠ Read if: you are fascinated with human-robot relationships.

I have just finished reading this book, and as I write this review, I still have not fully decided whether I like this read or not. It’s crazy why I am at a loss to where I stand on this one.

The Plus One is the story of Kelly, a robotics engineer, who at a loss of finding a date to her sister’s wedding used a prototype of her project Confibot and created Ethan, the robot. Ethan is a unique and very realistic humanoid that is programmed to give care to people (a la Baymax of Big Hero 6). He is a self-teaching robot who can adapt to the mind and behavior of his owner. Problems ensue when Kelly finds herself falling for him, and, Ethan, as he is programmed, reciprocates her feelings as well.

This book reminded me of Chobits, a Japanese manga and anime that revolves around Chi, a persocom or humanoid robot.

The story was dependent on how the reader will feel toward Ethan. I admit I like him, but I was weirded out by the sex with robots part. I mean.. you have to admit it’s weird. Also, when it happened with no context, and explanations was skipped in the book, too.

It was hard to love the book because Kelly, the main character was hard to love. She comes of as unlikeable because she tends to look at herself so low, and looking at others so low, too. I hate how much she was bearing grudges to her own family and extending to a tangled web of lies.

I was a bit meh with the ending, but I guess it was a way to relay the overall message of the book.. which frankly is saying that this is not a romance. This book is about Kelly learning to love herself.

Overll, I think the book was promising, but failed to deliver likeable characters and interesting love story.

☁ THE CRITERIA ☁

🌻 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐✩
🌻 Hero:⭐⭐✩✩✩
🌻 Heroine:⭐⭐✩✩✩
🌻 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐✩✩
🌻 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐✩✩
🌻 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐✩✩
🌻 Romance:⭐⭐⭐✩✩
🌻 Pacing:⭐⭐⭐⭐✩
🌻 Ending:⭐⭐⭐✩✩
🌻 Unputdownability:⭐⭐⭐✩✩
🌻 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

☁FINAL VERDICT: 3.18/5 ☁

Review also appears on my blog.

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