We Are Satellites
by Pinsker, Sarah

"From award-winning author Sarah Pinsker comes a novel about one family and the technology that divides them. Everybody's getting one. Val and Julie just want what's best for their kids, David and Sophie. So when teenage son David comes home one day asking for a Pilot, a new brain implant to help with school, they reluctantly agree. This is the future, after all. Soon, Julie feels mounting pressure at work to get a Pilot to keep pace with her colleagues, leaving Val and Sophie part of the shrinking minority of people without the device. Before long, the implications are clear, for the family and society: get a Pilot or get left behind. With government subsidies and no downside, why would anyone refuse? And how do you stop a technology once it's everywhere? Those are the questions Sophie and her anti-Pilot movement rise up to answer, even if it puts them up against the Pilot's powerful manufacturer and pits Sophie against the people she loves most"-

Sarah Pinsker's Nebula and Sturgeon Award-winning short fiction has appeared in Asimov's and F&SF, as well as numerous other magazines, anthologies, and translation markets. She is a singer/songwriter who has toured behind three albums on various independent labels. Her first collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea, was released in early 2019 by Small Beer Press. A Song for a New Day is her first novel. She lives with her wife in Baltimore, Maryland.

*Starred Review* Pinsker's debut novel, A Song for a New Day (2019), was eerily prescient. Now, she takes an unflinching look at the impact of brain enhancement tech in a world where innovation is primarily profit-driven. David's mothers hesitate but ultimately agree when their son asks for a Pilot, a brain implant that improves productivity and multi-tasking. But as the Pilot becomes the standard, changing everything from school curricula to job hiring practices, Val and Julie's worries only grow. They have seen how those without the tech get left behind, and worry about their epileptic daughter, Sophie, who can't get an implant. The last thing David wants to do is add to those worries-which is why he doesn't tell them that something seems to be horribly wrong with his implant-something the doctors refuse to hear. Pinsker's newest is a carefully crafted sci-fi web stretched over an intensely human core: the loving and complicated family, from Val and Julie's struggle to protect their children, to David's quest to be heard, to Sophie's growth into a fierce anti-Pilot activist. As Pinsker tells their story, issues of discrimination, ableism, transparency, and more weave together to create an intricately told cautionary tale. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

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