Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Plum Rains” by Andromeda Romano-Lax is an interesting futuristic story about a young Filipina trying to befriend the centenarian she works for in Japan and her robot.
Angelica becomes the caretaker for 100-something Sayoko in 2029 Japan. When Sayoko’s son gives his mother a robot, Angelica, a recent immigrant from the Philippines only in Japan for employment, worries her much-needed job will be diminished. Sayoko’s moodiness makes it hard for she and her nurse to bond, but Angelica notices Sayoko bonding with the robot. Soon enough, Angelica is also bonding with the robot. As the robot brings them together, Japan is experiencing a boom in people reaching over the age of 100 while the birth rate is depressingly low. In a turn of events, Angelica and Sayoko soon see this historical sensation impacting their lives as they increasingly depend on each other.
This book started out really slow with the story not really going anywhere until page 150, but the rest of it is good. I liked the historical fiction aspect with the influence of robots in 2029 because it seemed realistic. The aging population affecting immigration and health care also seemed realistic. Sayoko’s secrets with Angelica’s secrets makes the book easy to digest with several themes, but readers might drop off with the slowness.
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