Wow! Susan Squires gives her readers a breathless hardcore ride in her latest, BODY ELECTRIC.

Ex-hacker Vic Barnhardt is creating more than security program updates during her all night sessions at software company Visimorph. Uncomfortable with her femininity, she's coded a gal pal AI program who should be everything she's not. Problem is, Jodie considers itself male, in love with Vic, and wants a physical body.

The birthing process is intense, painful and joyous—and Ms. Squires perfectly captures those qualities with her characters and dialog. As a subtheme, she delivers a study in contrasts between moral issues and the apathy of the masses. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper