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Automatons

• A novel in keeping with the Zeitgeist that has won several literary awards in France
• An ode to rebellion, to the celebration of difference, and to feminism
• A courageous and ethical reflection on death and the temptation of artificially prolonging life

Nathalie Le Gendre
Automatons
(Automates)
Type
Middle-Grade
Word count
45 000 words
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‘This passionate novel deals with big ideas such as the place of woman in society, the impact of technology, the thirst for power. Automatons is a novel that is both playful and ref lective.’
Maxx

In the retrograde future which is home for Andhré-Ann, girls are expected to wear skirts and have long hair and aren’t allowed to do very much. Her dream is to become a motorbike racer like her brother Luka. He secretly helps her train, until the day he has a serious accident and is left between life and death.

Andhré-Ann needs to come up with a lot of money to pay for his hospital care and to prevent him getting a computer grafted onto his brain. So she decides to sign up for the Olympia race, for which she will have to pass herself off as a man in order to take part.

In a society where women have no rights, she is about to immerse herself in the world of motorcycle racing, where tough-as-nails kids rub shoulders with rebel and homosexual boys who are taking on the system in their own way.

The risks of the road are clearly not the only dangers for Andhré-Ann, while the challenges she faces will make her see both herself and her society with lucidity.

• A novel in keeping with the Zeitgeist that has won several literary awards in France
• An ode to rebellion, to the celebration of difference, and to feminism
• A courageous and ethical reflection on death and the temptation of artificially prolonging life

About the author

Nathalie Le Gendre
Nathalie Le Gendre has been making up stories since she was a small child. She has tried her hand successfully at various genres, such as literary novels, science fiction, suspense, and has won numerous book prizes.