The Love Makers by Aifric Campbell: Ethical quandaries of a sex robot

Unique novel of big ideas considers advances in technology and where they might take us

Aifric Campbell

Aifric Campbell

Two women from very different backgrounds take an eerie road trip together in Aifric Campbell’s intriguing new novel, The Love Makers. Scarlett, the driver of the gold Buick, is a former banker turned tech investor who is trying to get home to her family for Christmas. Along the way she offers a lift to a mildly aggressive, vulnerable young woman, Gurl, whose meathead boyfriend, Blane, has left her stranded somewhere deep in the American wilderness.  

Unusually for a novel, the vast majority of the narrative, if you can even call it that, takes place within the confines of a car over this lengthy journey, meaning that the book is almost entirely composed of dialogue. What makes it work is Campbell’s command of voice and the polar opposite perspectives she has created in her protagonists.

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