by Tanith Lee

March 2005
ISBN: 0-553-58471-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

One of Tanith Leeís best-known books is The Silver Metal Lover about one womanís forbidden love for a robot. In her newest book Metallic Love, Ms. Lee takes us back to that world.

Loren is an orphan living in the slums. Itís a hard life, trying to survive in a world where the poor are barely existing. The religious home she stays at feeds and clothes her, but they do nothing to feed her soul. Then in one fateful moment, she finds a book and is taken on a journey into love and loss. The book is Janeís Story and it tells the story of Jane and the robot Silver. Their elicit love affair occupies Lorenís mind and takes her away from the harsh reality of her life.

One day, Loren decides to walk away from the religious house she has known most of her life. The streets of the city makes her grow up fast and tough, but she never forgets the legends that sparked her imagination. Loren knows she would never love a robot like Jane loved Silver. For who could love a piece of metal, even if that metal had been created to give her pleasure?

When rumors surface that META has brought back updated robots, Loren feels the pull to go and see the one named Silver. Only he is known as Verlis now and he is far different from his old self. Then Loren does the unthinkable and falls in love him. She isnít sure she can entirely trust him, but sheís willing to help him find his freedom again. Along the way, some of her illusion are destroyed.

Ms. Lee has brought back a world where unconventional love rules. Loren is a tough heroine who knows what she wants and manages to deal with the unexpected. Even though she canít help but fall in love with a robot, she still isnít sure if itís the right thing to do. The story is well-written and a fitting follow-up to her best selling story.

Reviewed in May 2005 by Jenni.

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