A romantic graphic novel set in a future world where mechas exist, are fully developed, and have been stripped of their rights.
I got the feeling reading this that half of me liked it, and half of me couldn’t tolerate it. The robots are being forced to live in ghettos with at lead four (4) to a small apartment.
There are those that think robots are going to take over and deserve to be destroyed and those that think they deserve rights and life.
We follow two characters, Elle, a human, and Karel, an android. He’s a cherish bot, a robot that charges his battery on love garnered from their partner.
As the story goes on there are protests that get violent, a human who attacks Karel and a robot messiah.
Things about the world building are interesting but mostly inferred and yes I know it’s a first volume and more will be explained later but I’m still sort of grasping for them.
All we really know is robots are hated and the word “robot” itself is considered a slur.
There’s a lot of parallels that could be drawn from the way minorities have been treated historically and the way the mechas are treated and maybe after 2020 I’m just raw on certain subjects.
The story moved incredibly fast though. At one point we find out Karel and Elle have been together for a little over a year and that felt like it came out of nowhere. I was genuinely shocked when I read that.
When it comes to the characters, they are pretty distinct.
The art is amazing, I love it. The color pallets, the designs of the buildings and Elle’s design especially.
Unfortunately, with a too fast story and the story itself finding me at a weird time, I can’t give this much higher than three stars.
Elle’s roommate is gay though so there’s a little bit of representation which is nice. But it’s, y’know, a little.
Three (3) stars.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for access to this ARC in return for an honest book rview.