Evolved by NR Walker
M/M Sci-Fi Romance
April 22, 2018
There’s something about the concept of a human falling in love with an Android that continues to intrigue me. I’ve read multiple stories with this premise, and I have admit that android’s who are so human as to have emotions piques my interest. It’s ultimately what drove me to reading Evolved in the first place.
Thankfully, I thought the execution in this story was very well done. There’s a line between Android and Human that needs to be met. The Android can’t be too robotic, but they also can’t act exactly human either, and it was a line I thought NR Walker kept to very well. I never forgot Shaun was a robot, which was great because we got the opportunity to read him learning and picking up more human traits. In a way it was a bit like Supernatural’s Castiel (Angel picking up human characteristics), and he’s my favorite character. I love that change in the foundation of each character’s personality.
However, there were times I would have liked to forget Shaun was a robot. For instance, when Shaun and Llyod would make love, we were reminded how Shaun was equipped with a fleshlight that was ribbed for Lloyd’s pleasure. I can understand why it was stated in the beginning, but I could have done without the constant reminder as Shaun evolved and they fell in love. For me, it detracted from Shaun’s growing individuality to be reminded that Lloyd designed him as the perfect man (sexually, physically and intellectually). In the same vein, I also had a hard time with Shaun’s programmed inability to orgasm unless Loyd was also. The more I saw Shaun as a human, the more abusive it felt. It wasn’t a consensual act for Shaun, and because he was sentient it made me very uncomfortable.
It was only because Lloyd didn’t revel in his control over Shaun, and tried in every way he could to treat him with respect, that I ended up enjoying Evolved as much as I did. I never doubted Lloyd’s and Shaun’s feelings for each other. There was something very sweet about their relationship that I found so much happiness in. I think I can comfortably say I’ve never been truly disappointed in any book I’ve read by this author so far.