Narrated by Sura Siu
Challenge: TOB Summer Camp
Genre/Theme: Science Fiction / Artificial Intelligence
What It’s About: Rather than tell you what it is about, I will tell you what happens.
Klara has been hanging out as merchandise at the Artificial Friend Store, observing the sidewalk crowd and hoping to be chosen by a nice little girl. Klara is of a model that needs the sun’s rays to recharge her batteries.
Josie is a young sickly child who has had some vague something done to her to make her more exceptional and her next door neighbor boy hasn’t had this thing whatever it is. Josie begs her mom for an Artificial Friend.
Josie and Mom take Klara home.
Josie gets real sick, Klara strikes a bargain with the sun (we never get the sun’s perspective) to save Klara because Josie and her neighbor-boy-friend have the truest love and wa la! Klara manages to get a burst of sunshine directly on poor Josie at just the right time and she is saved!
Josie grows up and goes away to college, neighbor-boy goes his way, Klara spends her retirement in a utility closet.
If you love Ishiguro, you’ll likely love this, too. If you don’t like Ishiguro, this won’t convince you that giving him another chance was a good decision.
Rating: But there is pie so maybe two to 2.5 slices of pie.
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