Alyssa Cole | December 2019
Trinity Jordan leads a quiet, normal life: working from home for the Hive, a multifunctional government research center, and recovering from the incident that sent her into a tailspin. But the life she’s trying to rebuild is plagued by mishaps when Li Wei, her neighbor’s super sexy and super strange nephew, moves in and turns things upside down. Li Wei’s behavior is downright odd—and the attraction building between them is even more so. When an emergency pulls his aunt away from the apartment complex, Trinity decides to keep an eye on him…and slowly discovers that nothing is what it seems. For one thing, Li Wei isn’t just the hot guy next door—he’s the hot A.I. next door. In fact, he’s so advanced that he blurs the line between man and machine. It’s up to Trinity to help him achieve his objective of learning to be human, but danger is mounting as they figure out whether he’s capable of the most illogical human behavior of all…falling in love.
Another #Great AudioBook. Im weird in that I read what I want when I want. I actually found this audio before Gwendy (the Stephen King sleeper reviewed last) but, because I like King, and thought this would be less ‘serious’ I read Gwendy first. And though this is a different genre, I actually liked The A.I. better. Serves me right! 🤦🏾♀️
A.I. is a audio only book narrated by Regina Hall and Mindy Kaling. And with those two on deck combined with Cole, who typically writes historical romances, A.I. is part comedy, sci-fi, thriller, and romance. Black author, diverse characters..Im not sure what more you could want in a story!
We meet Trinity Jordan in some future time where robotics and technology have taken a huge leap. Coincidentally, its also normal for most folks to work from home full time. 🙄 Trinity works for The Hive as what sounds like a distant Uber driver. She drives passengers, remotely, from her home. One day, while walking in her building, she meets her neighbors nephew, Li Wei. Eventually, she determines that Li is a type of robot. Together, they discover who they really are and what they mean to one another.
Pros: The narration is A1. I love Regina Halls voice, plus, she’s hilarious. She makes falling in love with a robot sound equally ridiculous and plausible. Cole also did a GREAT job writing sone funny, relatable script. When Li downloads the Reddit files to learn ‘slang’? Hilarious! I loved reading about the advanced tech and how they referenced our current tech as old. The surprise twist at the end- perfect!
Cons: I wish this came in hardcopy! I would love to have a copy in my library.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the authors strong support of diverse characters in her books and diverse images on her books. Cole has written greater than 30 books and/or novellas and, maybe, 2 of them feature a black heterosexual couple on the cover art. Typically, Cole likes to pair her African American female protagonists with non-AA love interests. She also has several same sex romance novels.
No argument from me, opposing or supporting the themes. Im not sure if its a formula to catch a trend or an agenda to degrade black heterosexual relationships. I think, I just care to celebrate the range of characters which are available for all to read and enjoy. Just like there is benefit in reading about a character you can relate to, there is benefit in reading about a character you can relate, to doing different shit. #Cheers #GoodBook 6 of 42.