I love this book and probably have read it about 3 times now. The title makes me feel silly though. The characters and the world are very well written. Its the type of book where you learn just enough about the world to know you are scratching the surface and that there is so much more to it. Like a real place. Anyway, this is the story of Jane. Plain Jane, a rich girl in a futuristic society, who is overshadowed by her famous and pushy mother. She lives literally in a castle in the clouds. Like her, Jane's friends are rich and idle and spoiled, removed from real life. One day Jane meets Silver - a robot so lifelike he is almost human, and falls instantly in love. From that point on she becomes irrationally obssessed with Silver. Jane engineers a way to get Silver and runs away with him. Throughout the book I felt like Jane became more emotional while before she was content to be led by others. In the end she grows quite a bit, as does Silver. This is a very bittersweet love story as well. I'm not surprised another reviewer cried at the end. There is a sequel - Metallic Love which occurs in the same world and refers to characters in Silver Metal Lover, but the story is separate.
Enjoyed this book very much. It's science fiction as I have come to know and love it. It
is more like the days of Harlan Ellison, Frederick Pohl and my all time favorite Isaac Asimov, my true SciFi hero. I like thinking that even in the distant future they have held on to some of our books, plays, and even vintage renaissance era type clothing and yet still for all its advances the world is forever and world of have and have nots. My only area of displeasure was the very last few pages which I had trouble reconciling with the rest of the story. I think it could have ended one chapter earlier and still been just as good. Worth reading? Yes. And if it wasn't already on someone else's wish list I might have been tempted to keep it and give it a home on my bookshelf.
Engrossing dystopian adventure-romance unfolding on a near-future Earth of all-too-realistic extremes of wealth and poverty. A girl whose intelligence, passion, and courage have been lying dormant under a spoiled existence finds the best parts of herself involuntarily awakened when she looks into the eyes of an experimental android. To others, he is an expensive plaything whose nobility and emotions are mere fabrications. But to her, he's a savior who can unlock her hidden potential, and whose love, and life, are in turn worth risking everything for.
Features an intricately developed environment the reader can easily lose oneself in, as well as equally masterful character development. Does an excellent job of immersing the reader in the experiences and emotions of the main character. One truly feels her yearnings for freedom and her pangs of desperation.
I fell in love with this book, and the main characters -- hmm, I think it was ninth grade. Decades ago. I actually read it too much. Much of it's ground into my memory.
I used to be able to quote all the songs back then. :D
(I have a preference for this, the original paperback edition, because even though the cover is not as beautiful as Silver really is, it's a DAW Book. Back in the days of the yellow spines. And for a long time, I could only find Tanith Lee in DAW paperbacks, or sometimes library hardcovers.)
Now, all that aside, it's an awesome book for any teen. Remember when you thought you'd die whenever someone was mean to you? When it seemed like the world would end when you fell in love, or had a crush?
And quotes from Romeo and Juliet are part of the story. The drama that underscores being a frantic adolescent in an adult world. Even though Romeo's tragic flaw was stupidity, was Juliet's?
I still love so much about The Silver Metal Lover. Sarcastic Clovis. Getting inside Jane's skin. Grand gestures. Growing up.
As always, with Tanith Lee it's a fantastic ride. Maybe you won't want to come back either...
A very unusual love story.
Really good. Lots of emotion. I cried at the ending.