Saturn's Children, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Freya Nakamachi-47 has some major existential issues.

She's the perfect concubine, designed to please her human masters - hardwired to become aroused at the mere sight of a human male.

There's just one problem: she came off the production line a year after the human species went extinct.

Whatever else she may be, Freya Nakamachi-47 is gloriously obsolete.

What's more, the rigid social hierarchy that has risen in the 200 years since the last human died, places beings such as Freya very near the bottom.

So when she has a run-in on Venus with a murderous aristocrat, she needs passage off-world in a hurry - and can't be too fussy about how she pays her way. But if Venus was a frying pan, Mercury is the fire - and soon she's going to be running for her life. Because the job she's taken as a courier has drawn her to the attention of powerful and dangerous people, and they don't just want the package she's carrying.

They want her soul ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781841495682



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Another of this year's Hugo nominees I read in the same month (along with Zoë's Tale) and again wasn't impressed. Story didn't grip, characters neither. Well executed, some neat ideas but...

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Sexbots, both male and female were created just before the humans died out. Specifically designed to fall in lust with a human the moment they set eyes on one they are now slightly redundant, but the heroine and her kind are able to avoid becoming slaves to the robot 'aristo' class by doing odd jobs around the place.I have the feeling I could have liked this more. The story was brilliant, the idea of robot slavery an interesting and likely future, and I loved the reality of space travel, cramped, uncomfortable and long. However, due to poor character development, and the changing of names all over the place (and one design of robot all having the same name), I constantly felt I was missing something.I really enjoyed this, don't get me wrong, and would recommend it to any sf fan, but I would advise them to take note of all the characters. None of them stood out to me.

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