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SHELTER

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This complex story is set in a futuristic society where caring for others can actually get one in trouble. It offers a scary peek into what could become reality as science makes great leaps forward. Science fiction readers will enjoy this thick novel from start to finish.

It's the end of the 21st century, and much of the world's population has been decimated by a virus called CV. Many countries with lowered populations must use machines with artificial intelligence to do needed work, and some of the same smart machines have been declared people.

After a childhood bout with a terrible disease leaves her unable to conceive without medical help, Meredith adopts an infant survivor of the disease who turns out to have mental problems. As her son Nicholas turns into a toddler, he has terrible dreams of monsters, monsters he can pacify only by killing. In her quest to protect her son, Meredith ends up hurting many people around her.

When a high-tech house offers shelter to a homeless man during a horrible storm, it sets into motion a series of events that will culminate in a group of people reconvening to offer absolution to the one woman who wronged them all. (Tor, Jun., 574 pp., $15.95)
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Alexandra Kay