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Status Human by Daniel Weisbeck is part of the Upsilon Series. Silon and Professor Houndstooth are hiding on an island. Silon, who is an advanced product of artificial intelligence, has developed an attraction to the human boy. Kirstjen invites Silon on a fishing expedition and she is forced to tell her guardian. “Teacher” does not approve. Silon calls the teacher “mother” and the death memory of her human prototype is triggered. Silon regains the ability to link with the hive mind and her ally, Leroy. The local festival is interrupted by the arrival of a military ship full of troops, but Leroy organizes a rescue and introduces another android called Susan. The second half of the narrative is Susan’s backstory. She experiences a confusing awakening of identity that includes false memories implanted by her “brother”. A history of drug dependence leads to an amazing second chance. Can Silon and Susan work together to help humanity?
Status Human by Daniel Weisbeck is a well-written young adult science-fiction story. The character of Silon was sympathetically portrayed, and I found her easy to like. The dangerous situation of being hunted created drama and suspense. I didn’t want her story to finish and will be looking eagerly for the next installment. The second android’s narrative was completely different. I felt a strong sense of curiosity about Susan and was rewarded with information and unraveling of misinformation. The technique hinted at a bigger picture, a world situation, and a possible conspiracy I was keen to learn about. Status Human by Daniel Weisbeck ended at a satisfying waypoint but left me wanting more.