by: Jennifer Dunne
Released: November 2010
Maeko is a faithful member of his Mun. When he learns he's being sent to terraform a new world, he accepts for the good of the Mun. He's not sure how he'll cope with having only one other person around for a whole six months, but he's willing to try his best.
Koie has never fit into her Mun, so she jumps at the chance to get away from everyone for a whole six months. She'd rather be alone, but figures she can deal with one other person, as long as he leaves her alone.
The two receive a surprise when they learn their Muns have bought them two androids to help with the work. What they don't know is that both androids have been programmed with a special function, one that will help alleviate the loneliness while on their mission.
As time passes, Koie and Maeko start to develop feelings for each other, but due to the Muns, neither have known physical intimacy. It's a good thing the androids are there to teach them all they know...
This was a great story. It wasn't a full length novel, but the author managed to pack enough into it that I was satisfied by the end, with no burning questions left unanswered. Muns, as far as I can tell, are small, self-sufficient communities (borderline cults) where everyone shares a mind connectedness. It's like a group orgy without the actual sex. In fact, none of them know what sex is, so when Koie and Maeko are shown the pleasures of the flesh from their bots, they don't know what to think, and feel like they're betraying their mun by being selfish and wanting more.
Carla gives this book a