Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Creation Debt by Lore Graham
Radical views sometimes require committing a crime or two. In his biggest move yet to fight for android rights, Derek liberates a group of androids working off their creation debt at a hospital. One of those androids is 141, who is surprisingly reluctant to leave the facility, leaving Derek baffled.
A delay in their escape forces them to take an alternate route to Derek's base, trapping them on a decrepit spaceship for a week, where they have only each other for company and a divide created by assumptions and wariness—but also an undeniable curiosity.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
I love dystopian books. It's one of my favorite genres. Add in an LGBTQ+ main character, and it makes me even more excited to read the book. After reading the synopsis for Creation Debt, I knew I had to read the book. A transgender character fighting to bring down a corporation sounded like something I would love. Unfortunately, I found myself disappointed after finishing the book.
Creation Debt had the possibility to be one of my favorite books of 2018, or at least that's what I thought after reading the synopsis. Unfortunately, it fell short of what I wanted, and what I expected. for one thing, I think the book would have been better if it was expanded upon a bit. I was really interested in some of the other things that Derek, the main character, had done to free androids. Those things were briefly touched upon, but not described with the amount of detail I wanted. I would have loved to see it happen. I also wanted more detail about what happened towards the end, after everyone met up on Mars. It would have been nice to see the relationship that happens in the book with 141 and Derek evolve more.
There was one thing that I really loved about this book. The author used the proper pronouns for both characters. Not only that, but the publisher also used the proper pronouns for the author, Lore Graham. That's hard to find in a publisher. They didn't make the author hide who ze is. The book was also very informative about proper pronouns, the correct way of asking, and not assuming someone's gender or pronouns. I've read a lot of LGBTQ+ books, and I think this is easily the most informative book about pronouns, gender, and sexuality that I've read. It handles the subject in a great way, making it easy to learn about, while keeping the reader's interest at the same time. I learned quite a few things that I had never known before.
I think that if Creation Debt were to be expanded, and to give more detail about the characters, and the world, it would easily be a four or five star read. As it was, I found it to be disappointing because it just lightly mentioned the things that I wanted to know more about. I did love the relationship between Derek and 141 though. The two had a lot of chemistry. I also greatly enjoyed the respect that the author and the publisher both have for using proper pronouns. If Lore Graham ever writes a sequel, I will read it though. I really did enjoy zir writing style, and would love more of these characters.
I give Creation Debt: 3/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.