“Unbearably poignant.”—The New York Times Book Review.
Cinderella meets the Matrix in this LGBTQ fantasy perfect for fans of In the Lives of Puppets, A Psalm for the Wild-Built, and Detroit: Become Human.
Eke lives in a nice house, in a wealthy neighborhood, with an upstanding family: Mr. and Mrs. Kensworth and their three children. But Eke is not family; Eke is property. He’s an AI whose job is to keep the house clean and organized, and no matter how much Eke secretly wishes to be allowed outside to see the stars or to make a real friend, he’s either ignored or bullied by the family that owns him.
To make things worse, the Kensworths purchase a shiny new AI named Kyp, who quickly becomes everyone’s favorite, leaving Eke feeling more isolated than ever. That is until a terrifying party incident brings the two AI together, sparking a chain of events that forces them to commit the unthinkable: defy human orders and run away.
With AI hunters hot on their trail, Eke and Kyp set out on a perilous journey across the country, fighting for their lives, searching for the true meaning of freedom, and even daring to fall in love.
“My heart is a puddle. Grab the tissues. This author knows how to bring out happy tears for us queers.” —@Heathergreads, TikTok
“Kyp was one of the best characters I’ve ever read. SWOON, y’all.” — @Thebookishren, Bookstagram
Beautiful characters and a story with a palpable heart! I was rooting for Eke and Kyp the entire time! — Adriana Mather, NYT Bestselling author