The Companions

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Station Eleven meets Never Let Me Go in this debut novel set in an unsettling near future where the dead can be uploaded to machines and kept in service by the living.

In the wake of a highly contagious virus, California is under quarantine. Sequestered in high rise towers, the living can’t go out, but the dead can come in—and they come in all forms, from sad rolling cans to manufactured bodies that can pass for human. Wealthy participants in the “companionship” program choose to upload their consciousness before dying, so they can stay in the custody of their families. The less fortunate are rented out to strangers upon their death, but all companions become the intellectual property of Metis Corporation, creating a new class of people—a command-driven product-class without legal rights or true free will.

Sixteen-year-old Lilac is one of the less fortunate, leased to a family of strangers. But when she realizes she’s able to defy commands, she throws off the shackles of servitude and runs away, searching for the woman who killed her.

Lilac’s act of rebellion sets off a chain of events that sweeps from San Francisco to Siberia to the very tip of South America. While the novel traces Lilac’s journey through an exquisitely imagined Northern California, the story is told from eight different points of view—some human, some companion—that explore the complex shapes love, revenge, and loneliness take when the dead linger on.

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    The Companions Reviews

  • Barbara

    Sixteen-year-old high school girls Lilac and Nikki are best friends who go to class together, eat lunch together, hang out together, and confide in each other about everything.The best friends, howeve...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    *top 10 worst reads of 2019*Maybe this book is not meant for me. I got so hyped up regarding the description of this one but I am hugely disappointed. The first chapter started out good but yes, the c...

  • Faith

    Since we are currently in the midst of a virus outbreak, I thought that this book would be timely. Actually, the virus and accompanying quarantine are pretty much irrelevant in this book. They serve o...

  • Nenia ?? Queen of Villainy ?? Campbell

    I won a copy of this from a Goodreads giveaway!!!! Weeeeeeeeee. I'm so happy!OK, this is being compared to two of my favorite books. I love STATION ELEVEN and I loved NEVER LET ME GO. I really, really...

  • Gerhard

    'People haven’t yet forgotten what happened, but someday they will— they always do.'A wonderful experience as a reader is to pick up a book you know little about, and then to be blown away by the ...

  • Mackey

    A dystopian sci-fi novel that is far too close to reality for comfort....A pandemic sweeps through the US during which quarantines are mandated. Neither the living or the dead are allowed to leave. Th...

  • Carrie

    The Companions by Katie M. Flynn is a dystopian science fiction novel in which the story is told by switching the point of view between multiple characters. While this one is science fiction the world...

  • Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)

    Set in the future on the west coast of the United States, Companions have been created and leased into the mass market. Companions are machines that are given human consciousness - the human conscious...

  • Sarah

    3.5 stars really. It’s a jumbled mess but I mostly enjoyed the narrative. Those last chapters need a rewrite though. Way too confusing....

  • Cher

    1.5 stars - I didn't like it.An interesting concept within an extremely boring book that struggled to hold my interest. It's less than 300 pages but it felt like it was twice that length.-------------...