The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles #0.6) by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 27, 2014
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The Little Android is a retelling of The Little Mermaid, set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles by New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer.
When android Mech6.0 saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and her mechanics discover a glitch in her programming. Androids aren’t meant to develop impractical reasoning or near-emotional responses…let alone fall in love. – Goodreads
When I was a kid, I watched my VHS tape of The Little Mermaid until it wouldn’t play anymore. My mom told me later that the songs made her want to burn the house down after awhile (sorry, Mom). So I began reading this story with an open, but slightly biased, mind. (Keep that in mind when you see how long this review ended up being…)
I really love how Meyer gives androids personalities. In my early twenties, I dated someone who was really into the Matrix universe, and he really believed we should treat machines respectfully. Not just computers, but like, drill presses and things that only work using hydraulics. He was weird. But this universe sort of reminds me of that and also how caught up humans can get in their own lives and business, to the point that we ignore everything else around us. Sometimes this can lead to carelessness and cruelty, especially when we start thinking of other species as “less.” And to me, androids are their own species in this universe, and it doesn’t matter that they were built by someone else. They’re alive and can think. Just because they can be programmed doesn’t mean they are less. (This might be bias coming from my love of Battlestar Galactica and all things Cylon…)
So, excuse my soapbox moment, there. Mech6.0 appears to be a mechanic android who also identifies as female and definitely has emotions. She is fascinated and excited by her glimpses of the starry skies outside the hangar deck she works on. One day, she finds a card containing the holographic image of Prince Kai, and she falls in love(though not with with the prince. He has enough admirers). Wing Dataran, a young human engineer, has caught Mech6.0’s fancy, even though she doesn’t really understand why at first. Mech6.0’s fascination causes a bit of a scene, one that leads to the decision to dismantle her, so she escapes.
Enter Linh Cinder and the body of an escort-droid. I started really dreading the outcome of this story, because I’d grown to like and sympathize with Mech6.0. There was really no way for this to end well. Basically, prepare for this to be more like Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid and less like Disney. The ending is bittersweet, but, really, that’s the way it had to be.