ARC AUDIO BOOK: In The Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune

Publication Date: April 25, 2023
Format: Audio
Genre:  LGBTQ+ Fantasy 
Narrators: Daniel Henning 

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
 15 hours 22 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


In a strange little home built into the branches of a grove of trees, live three robots—fatherly inventor android Giovanni Lawson, a pleasantly sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum desperate for love and attention. Victor Lawson, a human, lives there too. They’re a family, hidden and safe.

The day Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labelled “HAP,” he learns of a shared dark past between Hap and Gio–a past spent hunting humans.

When Hap unwittingly alerts robots from Gio’s former life to their whereabouts, the family is no longer hidden and safe. Gio is captured and taken back to his old laboratory in the City of Electric Dreams. So together, the rest of Vic’s assembled family must journey across an unforgiving and otherworldly country to rescue Gio from decommission, or worse, reprogramming.

Along the way to save Gio, amid conflicted feelings of betrayal and affection for Hap, Vic must decide for himself: Can he accept love with strings attached?


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This was one of the most entertaining audio books I have listened to in a while.  The narration was excellent.  The voices and personalities of the different characters shone through.  I found myself smiling and laughing throughout. 

This was an amazing retelling of Pinnochio. Vincent is human, probably the only living human in the world. The world is inhabited by robots, and most are tied to a collective consciousness (if you are a Trek fan think Borg). Vincents father built a house in the woods and along with a few friends that they have salvaged and fixed up they live in relative peace. When Vincent find another robot, who he names HAP things start to go wrong and his father is taken and Vincent and his friends start off on a quest to rescue him. This book is about what it means to be human, to have a heart. To have a conscious and forgiveness. The characters are unforgettable and beautiful in their quirky ways. The neurotic vacuum and the sadistic nursing robot made me laugh out loud several times. I laughed, I cried and ultimately this book made me think. What is it that makes us human? What sets us apart? It's sometimes hard to tell these days in this world so divided but kindness, love, forgiveness and compassion for others are what set us apart. If you are looking for a book that makes you feel this author has it down. 

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