Title: Plum Rains
Authors: Romano-Lax, Andromeda
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 389
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: When a prototype self-learning robot, Hiro, is introduced into the Tokyo household where Filipina nurse Angelica Navarone cares for nonagenarian Sayako Hou, their lives are irrevocably changed. It is 2029, and in a country with an ageing population, a critically low birth rate and the prospect of intelligent empathic robots, future employment for Angelica and others like her, is called into question. As Sayako happily bonds with Hiro, she is finally ready to reveal long-held family secrets, which will also impact on Angelica's prospects.

This compelling and original story offers readers opportunities to contemplate the possible future of our world through its insightful depiction of imperial legacies and future technologies, personified through Sayako and Angelica's lives.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"What a beautiful book."

"Original, well-written, surprisingly funny, and also poignant."

"Cleverly written - at the same time this story is both very dark and amusing."

"The author takes you on an uncomfortably realistic look into a dystopian future which feels not too far removed and finds humanity within it. I loved this book."

"A little long-winded, but many themes addressed including AI development, the information they may have access to and corruption."

"The two back stories are so cleverly revealed and the story that Sayoko reveals is riveting. The unravelling of that story is beautifully done."

"The author makes me believe in the artificial intelligence - not so far-fetched as we may have thought a few years ago."

Categories: Fiction, Dystopia/Futuristic, Morals/Ethics, Science & Technology, Social commentary/perspectives, Japan, 2022 Titles


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By: AUCK 038 2021-03-08 11:59:02
Fantastic read - uses science fiction as a premise to explore bonds between family members, financial and sexual slavery, and growing old. Also examines the economic and social cost of low birth rates.

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