Yup, the blurring on the cover text is deliberate. And I like it. Sadly, you'll see another cover (I like less) around a fair bit. I love this one.
I am impressed with this book;
- The narrative is split between five different voices -- each one connected by their contribution to a robotic doll (with artificial intelligence). Each voice is distinctly different from the others, and offers a compelling story. It is a bonus that each sounds from a different time.
- Like many adult books, there is some adult content; there is some swearing (not a lot), and a wide range of allusions to sexual activity (to paint character, not excite). There isn't really any violent content.
- I'm quite certain I didn't find the big questions Hall was asking as thought-provoking as she does, I did mull over a lot of others fringe questions that arose.
- Some of the narrative devices and choices are fascinating, and would make great discussion! If you read this, I want to talk about it! There are some motifs I think will endure akin to Fahrenheit 451's book-burning.
- I steadily read this with interest -- not in a devouring way (like I do with an easy, entertaining and gripping YA novel), but with a keen investment in reading it through.
Review copy received from Hachette. Available in bookstore today.