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Service Model

By Adrian Tchaikovsky
Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky digital book - Fable

Publisher Description

Murderbot meets Redshirts in a delightfully humorous tale of robotic murder from the Hugo-nominated author of Elder Race and Children of Time.

To fix the world they must first break it, further.

Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service.

When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into its core programming, they murder their owner. The robot discovers they can also do something else they never did before: They can run away.

Fleeing the household they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating into ruins and an entire robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is having to find a new purpose.

Sometimes all it takes is a nudge to overcome the limits of your programming.

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“** I received an advanced copy of this audiobook through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This audiobook is scheduled to be published on June 4, 2024 in the US. ** Characters: The story follows one PoV for its entirety. I don't want to go into too much detail because there is so much delight in everything about the characters that is unveiled. Positives: + The book was narrated BY the author. I repeat, The book was narrated by the author! Which is absolutely 100% delightful. You can rest secure in the knowledge that the story is being read out loud with every nuance of tone the author wanted you to receive the story in. I loved all the distinct voices and accents for the different characters. Also, what a lovely reading voice. 10 of 10 would happily listen to any of his stories in his voice again. + THAT EPILOGUE. Omgosh I loved the epilogue so very much. Fantastic little pretty bow at the end of the story. Final Thoughts: I LOVED this story. I loved the characters (all the names. The names tickled me SO MUCH), their trials and tribulations, and the setting. Such a freaking good read. The ‘bad guy” of the story was my absolute favorite. The entire part of the story pertaining to them was highly entertaining. If you enjoyed Martha Well’s “Murderbot” Series and Becky Chamber’s “A Psalm for the Wild-Built” this book will probably be up your alley. Expect a similar warm and cozy feeling about the relationships and self-discovery. I desperately need a copy of this book for my home library now. Can’t wait to have it snug and tucked away along with all my other favorite sci-fi’s.”

About Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, and headed off to university in Reading to study psychology and zoology. For reasons unclear even to himself, he subsequently ended up in law. Adrian has since worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds and now writes full time. He also lives in Leeds, with his wife and son. Adrian is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor. He has also trained in stage fighting and keeps no exotic or dangerous pets of any kind – possibly excepting his son.

Tchaikovsky's critically-acclaimed Elder Race was shortlisted for a Hugo Award and for the inaugural Ursula K. Le Guin Prize. Other notable works include The Expert System's Brother and Made Things.

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