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Publisher's Summary

In the near future, lab-grown sex dolls are the pleasure toy of choice in this disturbing and provocative short story from Lauren Beukes, the bestselling author of The Shining Girls.

Actor and sex worker Nats is experienced at putting on a show. However, her new gig supplying intimate whispers for growgirls takes her to a place darker and lonelier than she could have ever imagined. The lab-grown dolls can respond to pleasure or pain; their synthetic heads contain only the simplest AI to prevent any pesky robo sex doll uprisings. But just because growgirls don’t have a brain, doesn’t mean they don’t have a voice...

Ungirls is part of Disorder, a collection of six short stories of living nightmares, chilling visions, and uncanny imagination that explore a world losing its balance in terrifying ways. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single disorienting sitting.

©2019 Lauren Beukes (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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So dark! So good!

Imagine a future where headless, lab-grown human bodies become a booming sex doll industry. This dark and delightful story stays grounded in realistic characters and explores the emotional labour of sex work, toxic masculinity and the nightmare of being doxxed.
Buy it now, it's extremely good!

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inconprehensible and foul. Dont waste your time.

just awful. Narrator speaks too quickly, material is foul, story is non existent, not with your time.

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vulgar, not coherent, trash, waste of time

horrible. too many good reads out there to waste time on this type trash. thankfully, didn't spend money for it.

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Lauren Beukes Enters PKD Land

This short story is better than most of the novels I've read or listened to this year. I know there are many authors who are said to have picked up where PKD left off but Lauren Beukes really has. Using today's social media (and the ridiculous way people behave on it) as well future bio-sex-tech, Beukes crafts a very plausible sci-fi short. I can't wait for another full length novel from LB.
5 Stars *****

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Jam-packed

A lot happened in a relatively short time and I'm a bit lost on some of the plot. This might be personal preference, but I found the myriad character voices sooooo distracting and annoying. As hinted in the description and reviews, this is a vulgar tech thriller.

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Another Winner

Lauren Beukes continues to be one of my faves and a great voice in speculative fiction.

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felt rushed

I liked the story but felt like it could have been much longer hopefully there's a sequel

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Huh?

What the hell WAS that? Seriously. I'm asking for a friend...because I sure don't know how to explain it. All I can say is don't bother.

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Dark and dangerous

this story is very dark and should come with a trigger warning for anyone who has ever been cyberstalked or who has been outed

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Confusing

Story is confusing and unclear. The narrator's reading strings together sentences into one long dialogue with so-called user names all running together and becoming unclear. Narrator's reading speed is rushed and almost frantic.

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Meh

Wasn’t keen on this. The idea of the story is quite good (I won’t elaborate - no spoilers) but it read a bit like a slightly “naughty” high school effort. If you have ever read - even out of curiosity - any fan fiction and cringed, this gave me a similar feeling