S.O.P.H.I.E. By C.J. Noble

Published: April 27, 2023

C.J. Noble

Genre: Teen & Young Adult Romance

Pages: 249

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

C. J. Noble is a British author based in Oxford. His debut novel, S.O.P.H.I.E., will be published on the 27th April 2023 in paperback and on kindle. He can typically be found with a cone of chips in hand.

Oxford, England, September 2023. A world not quite our own…

Fifteen-year-old Tim Alto has one thing on his mind, and one thing only. Not to make a complete fool of himself in front of his crush at the end of summer party (which isn’t easy when your overly tight jeans are making you walk like a penguin). But, in a city where androids are part of everyday life, anything can happen. A stolen wallet ruins Tim’s evening, and things go from bad to worse when the perpetrator shows up at school the next day.

Tim suddenly finds himself thrust onto a path filled with assault, grief, tests of friendship and unexpected romance.

A path that will lead Tim to question what it really means to be human.

“What could possibly go wrong?”

Tim is preparing to go back to school after a dull summer, and he is hoping to catch the attention of his crush, Rachel. When a pink-haired new girl steals his wallet, Tim is determined to track her down and get it back. He never imagined she would steal his heart, too.

This was a sweet story. The general concept was interesting and engaging. And frightening. Having androids acting as workers and home staff and being considered property is awful.

I found the characters all well-developed and likable. Tim had a heart of gold and was every bit the awkward teenage boy trying to navigate his feelings. Sophie was quirky and fun; her sass was enjoyable. Jeff was a fantastic character and friend.

I loved that this story was about friendship and finding your way. The plot moved smoothly, and the sci-fi portions were explained clearly without being too heavy.

I enjoyed this story and the writing style. It is a quick and easy read.

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