Summary: Clara Gutierrez is an AI repair technician and a wanderer. Her childhood with her migrant worker family has left her uncomfortable with lingering for too long, so she moves from place to place across retro-futuristic America.
Sal is a fully autonomous robot. Older than the law declaring her kind illegal due to ethical concerns, she is at best out of place in society and at worst vilified. She continues to run the tea shop previously owned by her long-dead master, lost in memories of the past, struggling to fulfill her master’s dream for the shop while slowly breaking down.
They meet by chance, but as they begin to spend time together, 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