Phase Two: Experimental. All S.H.A.Y. ages 18-20 will experience loss…
Darla shouldn’t have to die because of an experiment. The thought of losing the only parent she’s ever known is too much. Determined to make sure the scientists at the facility don’t get their way, Shay entraps Darla in a transport device to escape across the Miami Border. There, on the mainland, law enforcement will keep her human parent safe.
Escape Mission: Failed…
Shay crashes into one of the Lone Keys off the coast of Florida, abandoned to all humanity, except for the stranger who drags her ashore. Shay must get Darla to safety or she will die of radiation poisoning trapped inside the Freeze Portal, but Shay can’t do it alone.
The boy who found her, an Ersatz Reproduction Intelligence Clone (E.R.I.C.), is her only hope. He has adaptation skills she needs to complete her mission. Eric was created by the same scientists who want to kill Darla, though. She tries to keep their interaction strictly business, but it’s hard to hate him. He’s flirty, charming and not to mention devastatingly handsome.
Shay must put her trust in Eric’s hands if she wants to save Darla from her fate. It may be worth her heart, but will it be worth her life?
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A peek from the author at the research process for the Almost Series:
I love the Keys and I learned, on a trip there, about Pigeon Key. It is a research center that focuses on animals from the sea. It sounded like the perfect setting for a suspenseful plot, only with robotics mixed in. I had to research various thesauruses online for terminology. I used these to design various humanoids and Artificial Intelligence. I wanted Shay to love sea life, but also be someone who had the ability to design and develop for the animals. Even though this is about the AI, I made sure to place aquatic life at every possible turn for awareness as their preservation is very important to me. Once I had these things in place, writing the ALMOST Series was easy and has filled my soul with joy as I hope it does for you too!
This was a really fun young adult scifi book that looks to be the start of a fascinating series. With plenty of humor and flirty AI, there are moments of profound clarity for these sentient beings who might be much more than they seem, although not human at all. Or are they? What makes us human? These are questions which might not be fully answered by the book but they are certainly on the minds of the characters in some subtle and not so subtle ways. I was hoping for a bit more inner monologue, but with scifi that’s much more rare than all the technological wizardry so I understand why it’s missing and will count that as a personal disappointment rather than actual complaint against the book. Although not entirely ground breaking I did find this to be original, and not tiresome or overdone like a lot of young adult books revolving around AI have been in recent years. There’s a decent amount of action but I’m also hoping for more in the next books! Great for fans of The Lunar Chronicles and I, Robot alike, S.H.A.Y. is available now so you can read it this weekend!
About the Author
Christina Leigh Pritchard was born and raised in South Florida. Her first stories were written at the age of nine in spiral notebooks and in the various diaries she kept.
Since she’s upgraded to a computer, she’s completed over fifty books, including her ALMOST Series, signed with Limitless Publishing.
Christina Leigh Pritchard is still going strong with many more to come! Her genre’s include science fiction, dark fantasy, young adult, drama, suspense, historical romance, multicultural, comedy, poetry and many more.