Klara and the Sun is a beautiful and profound story that takes place in a near future where genetic engineering has created a stratified society and groups of forcefully retired people have formed armed, fascist communities to defend themselves from a coming societal collapse. The story is told from the perspective of Klara, a solar-powered AF (Artificial Friend) who provides friendship and care for a sick young teen.
Klara is an odd narrator, with an extremely limited view of the world, which means slowly uncovering bits and pieces of the strange, dystopian future Klara inhabits. I savored this book because I didn’t want it to end. I expect to keep it on my bookshelf for a very long time.