Troofriend by Kirsty Applebaum

I was completely enthralled by this story of Sarah and Ivy. Pacy, tense and fascinating.

Written by Kirsty Applebaum
Publishing April 2020 by Nosy Crow

Initially, Sarah doesn’t like Ivy although Ivy tries to be the “perfect friend”. Ivy is trained to be kind, not harm or bully and to have fun! Ivy is one of 144 Troofriend Mark IV androids that parents are buying for their children. I found this to be a fascinating look at what might happen if technology advances too quickly.

I was glued to the story of Ivy and the development of human actions and emotions within her. Her consistent error reports sent to Jenson & Jenson seem to be indicative of the changes the television reporters are announcing. Sarah’s parents are becoming increasingly alarmed at reports of androids harming children and becoming more human.

As the reader, the tension is palpable as we can see what Ivy is thinking and doing, understand the worry of Sarah’s parents yet want Sarah to make friends and be happy. All three elements are brought together seamlessly and in a book that will challenge your thoughts.

At times, I wondered whether this would take a very dark turn and felt worried for Sarah. Learning more about Ivy, I started to feel sorry for her and worry about her future with the family.

This is an epic book and one I could not stop reading although my heart was in my throat, fear was curling around me and I felt at times too worried to turn the page. However, I had to know what happens next and I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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