"a phenomenal science fiction romance"
I have to say computer concepts are beyond me, but this
idea is fascinating... Artificial Intelligence - AI. Ever
saved a document and forgotten the title? Imagine this on
a grander scale... Vic has created and saved her AI
program on her work computer at Vismorph because it has
the space and speed required to both build and run her AI
program she has named Jodie.
Only now she has been fired and has to save Jodie from
getting altered or worse exploited. At the same time Jodie
is shuffling around its primary computer components and
creating a firewall around the original program in the
Vismorph mainframe trying to keep Vic's ex-boss out; while
Jodie doesn't understand emotions really it wants a body
to be human. Vic only wants to protect her program so
after jumping from a burner why not jump into a fire?
Because there is no tuning back and if they don't do
something quickly, Vic might loose her precious program.
Jodie may be a program, but because Vic has designed Jodie
to be "perfect" she finds herself attracted to Jodie on
I will admit I was skeptical. I picked this book up
because I was curious how a program could gain life and Ms
Squires has created a phenomenal science fiction romance
in BODY ELECTRIC. Vic is a lonely, very single computer
driven woman who dresses like a man to compete in a male
dominated field. When she lets herself be a woman, it is
in a disguise and because she has to be in control
generally gets hurt.
Jodie was supposed to be the woman she wasn't minus the
emotional hang-ups, but Jodie decided that rather than
being female, the program was male. I loved the way Jodie
just took off and grew, but regarding AI, I would have
been disappointed in anything else. Reading how Vic was
having a hard time fathoming the knowledge Jodie obtained
so quickly was funny! Vic also ended up reuniting with her
estranged brother because of Jodie, and I hope it is a
BODY ELECTRIC seems so cutting edge (with computer lingo
that I don't understand but doesn't detract from the story
too much), especially where Vic is trying to finish her AI
program and then again with the whole idea of Jodie trying
to gain a human body. I can only imagine this it is from
research and ingenuity. The story line is action packed
and I wasn't able to put the book down. If you are looking
for something different, this is a must read!
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted April 22, 2004