Genre: Asexual, Homoromantic, F/F, SciFi
Sexual content: None
Summary: Clara Gutierrez is a highly-skilled technician specializing in the popular ‘Raise’ AI companions. Her childhood in a migrant worker family has left her uncomfortable with lingering in any one place, so she sticks around just long enough to replenish her funds before she moves on, her only constant companion Joanie, a fierce, energetic Raise hummingbird.
Sal is a fully autonomous robot, the creation of which was declared illegal ages earlier due to ethical concerns. She is older than the law, however, at best out of place in society and at worst hated. Her old master is long dead, but she continues to run the tea shop her master had owned, lost in memories of the past, slowly breaking down, and aiming to fulfill her master’s dream for the shop.
When Clara stops by Sal’s shop for lunch, she doesn’t expect to find a real robot there, let alone one who might need her help. But as they begin to spend time together and learn more about each other, they both start to wrestle with the concept of moving on…
Reviews for The Cybernetic Tea Shop
“Man, I would give this six stars if I could. The Cybernetic Tea Shop is a quick, emotional, uplifting f/f romance between an outmoded android and a robot repair tech, with an ending that reminds me of sunlight breaking through the end of a really wet rainstorm.”
– Shira Glassman, author of The Mangoverse
“What I loved the most was how the Author added emotion, body language and an impulse to a robot- for lack of better word. The description and imagery were so vivid and compelling that once I got past the first page I couldn’t stop reading it. I’m definitely looking forward to more books by Meredith Katz.”
– A.O. Chika, author of Nevea
“Katz does a beautiful job of breaking my heart, as odd as that sounds. Her writing is just the thinnest veneer of sci-fi over a story about characters grappling with the universal issues of love and grief.”
– Kara, Goodreads reviewer