The interesting thing about speculative fiction is how it makes us look at our own lives. In AutoAmerica, humans do nothing. Artificial Intelligence handles everything, no thinking required. But in the elite group, the “Netted” there are resisters. And the family in the story resist what is being taken from them. Gwen, the daughter of Grant and Eleanor, is a baseball whiz. She’s so good that she’s pressured to undergo genetic engineering. It bothered me as I read the book how easily people were willing to let go of their rights. It’s a very thoughtful book for these political times, and the message is clear, THINK FOR YOURSELF.

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