Target Audience: New Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Story Length: Roughly 56k words
– Only about 30k has been uploaded on Wattpad.
Bionics Pharmaceuticals manufactures Androids for basic human needs. Javier Morales is one of those Androids, specially crafted for his family after his death. While he should have led normal, though cybernetic, life, Javier experiences the opposite. He’s secluded and pushed aside, by all but Wendy, his adopted sister.
But when Androids start malfunctioning, assaulting each other, Javier’s parents worry. In a panic he calls his ex, Mary, to come and fix him, because she designed him.
After Mary’s attempt at correcting Javier’s droid code, Javier gets a frightened call from Wendy. The Androids at her school have attacked everyone, taking hostages. Javier attempts to call his father, but Mary insists they should run and hide, begs him to save himself. Yet, Javier won’t leave his sister and risks it all to get her.
Androids have gone on a rampage against humans and other droids in their way. Overcome with human anxiety, Javier is injured by police and shuts down. Will, his store-clerk friend, pulls him and Mary to safety. And when he wakes, Mary tells him of the warehouses that stored the broken Androids, where Javier detects droids and Wendy.
In his second attempt to save his sister, he learns that the broken Androids aren’t causing the issues… copies of them are. Created for the Government as war soldiers, but unused and forgotten, they developed minds of their own. Javier’s copy became more human that his Android counterparts.
His “copy” makes him an offer—Wendy or his “droid code.” Javier chooses to fight him to get his sister away from danger, willing to sacrifice what makes him “him” in order to save his sister’s life. That’s when he learns why his sister was kidnapped—revenge.
Javier’s replica is just a pawn in a plot created by Mary’s first Android, Rory. And Rory’s “droid code” made Javier’s second cybernetic life a possibility. Rory wants Javier’s code, to remove him from the world because that’s what had happened to him.
Javier is wrong to sacrifice himself and must stop Rory and his replica before more harm comes to the city. He tries to talk to Rory, reminding him of the friendship they once had, that his revenge is wrong. But Rory is damaged, and through neglect and abandonment, only wants Javier dead. Rory states he doesn’t need any Android to do it and falls at the hands of Javier’s replica, losing the trust of all copies around them. Javier, having been injured in the fight, falls behind. Mary is afraid he will die.
But Javier doesn’t “die.” Mary uploaded a virus that destroyed all Androids but Rory and Javier. Their codes were different.
Special Government Units arrived to retrieve the broken models as “damage” control. Javier, having saved his sister and Mary, realizes that Rory didn’t just want his “droid code,” but his soul. The human soul is the only object that cannot be copied, or sold, and would always live on. Like him.
Other notes: Characters are diverse. Near-future setting. A way to show how cybernetic technology can erase death and bring immortality to humans – though, this is a scary thought, too. But, is anything natural anymore?