Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams

Tell the Machine Goodnight

Pearl's job is to make people happy. Every day, she provides customers with personalized recommendations for greater contentment. She's good at her job, her office manager tells her, successful. But how does one measure an emotion?Meanwhile, there's Pearl's teenage son, Rhett. A sensitive kid who has forged an unconventional path through adolescence, Rhett seems to find greater satisfaction in being unhappy. The very rejection of joy is his own k...

Details Tell the Machine Goodnight

TitleTell the Machine Goodnight
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Adult, Speculative Fiction

Reviews Tell the Machine Goodnight

  • Nat
    It feels so good to have enjoyed a novel so fully that I read it in a day and a half. What had me so keen on the premise of Tell the Machine Goodnight is a) the fact that the synopsis "playfully illuminates our national obsession with positive psychology, our reliance on quick fixes and technology" and b) Gabrielle Zevin, one of my favorite authors who excels with her subtle little quips on our daily lives, blurbed it. Pearl's job is to make pe...
  • Jennifer Lynn Harrison
    I thought this book was unique and awesome. My ISBN says that this is the hardcover edition, but it is actually an ARC that I won in a giveaway, and it is one of those rare giveaway wins that I will treasure + keep + sing praises about! *I will return to this post to sing the praises at a later date, as I am currently playing an Audiobook atm and simply cannot listen to one story whilst writing about a different story at the same time! Suffice to...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)Tell the Machine Goodnight was like one major thought experiment. I adored the multiple perspectives of this book, not only because we were able to see the story from varying points of view, but also because each of them tell a new story. They add to the world, they add to the themes of family and relationships, and they are wonder...
  • Uriel Perez
    Literary sci-fi/speculative fiction intrigues me, especially when it draws comparisons to episodes of Black Mirror and the Twilight Zone. TELL THE MACHINE GOODNIGHT revolves around a device (called an Apricity) fabricated to deliver “contentment plans” for users, ensuring enduring satisfaction and lifelong joy for those who adhere to the plan. At the center of the drama is Pearl, a technician for the company that administers the Apricity test...
  • Audrey
    3.75 starsThis review is based on an ARC of Tell the Machine Goodnight which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Penguin -- Riverhead). It seems to me that the new novel trend is to write a book with seemingly no purpose, no real plot, and no real point. At least this has been the case with the last few new books I've read, and that seems to be the case as well with Tell the Machine Goodnight. Now, saying this does make me hypocri...
  • Kimberley
    Thank you to Edelweiss+ for this Advanced eGalley of Tell The Machine Goodnight. Pearl works for Apricity, a company known for being able to guide people towards what will make them “happy” via their Apricity machine. Pearl believes in the results the Apricity machine often provides, and has used its “contentment plan” as a way of balancing her own life. Inasmuch as Pearl believes in the machine, her personal life is surrounded by unhappi...
  • Heather
    Thanks to Netgalley and Riverhead Books for giving me a chance to read this sci-fi endeavor before it’s actual release in June. Pearl is a technician that operates the Apricity machine which gives people their contentment plans according to their DNA. These plans are dispensed with no explanation and a minimal number of words. Her son has his own issues with an eating disorder so he spends most of his time in his bedroom behind a closed door. I...
  • Erin Mcmaster
    I won a copy in a Goodreads giveaway.It is a quick, enjoyable read. I liked looking at the idea of technology and happiness. Happiness is different for everyone, some easy tasks and others more complex are given by the machine. The characters are mostly likeable yet still flawed. The ending is a bit abrupt but then I was expecting a fully laid out happy ending to a novel about happiness. I recommend this for anyone looking for a quick read.
  • Heather
    "Tell the Machine Goodnight" is a story about the relationships between a woman and her son, and her ex-husband, and the machine she uses for work that tells people what would make them happy. The story was well-written and a fun read. It was enjoyable and I look forward to reading more stories by this author.***I received this book through GoodReads Member Giveaways. Review is solely my own.***
  • Evelyn
    I received this book free through Goodreads. I was immediately drawn into the story. I like the way the whole book was written in the first person even though the different chapters were focused on different characters. At first I was mixed up but then it all became clear. It was super-interesting and I could not put the book down.
  • Kim
    Absolutely loved this story until the ending. What a disappointing ending! It seemed to just cut off the story unnaturally like Melvin's index finger tip. Apricity is a neat idea. The whole book flowed smoothly and I found myself unable to put it down. Was completely invested in all of the characters and that's why the ending was so disappointing. Can't win them all.
  • Maren
    If Joshua Ferris wrote a Black Mirror episode, it would read a lot like this.
  • Deborah Dicks
    One of those books I don’t really understand but I do really like. More thoughts on it later.
  • Katy
    Pearl and Rhett are complex, three-dimensional characters, and their personal journeys are the emotional and satisfying heart of the novel.
  • Janice
    Fun read. Liked the story told through several characters. Sort of a sci-fi lite kind of story.
  • Michelle Zeng
    The perfect read during Black Mirror hiatus/decline. Love love love.
  • S
    This book sounds great. Can't wait to read!
  • Jillian Doherty
    Smart and surprisingly emotional. This story circles around Pearl and her son teenage son Rhett, along with cacophony of characters who come and go in their lives.In the near future we will have created a device that gives a concise list of behaviors to changes that will illicit full and contented happiness. Pearl's relationship with the machine evolves as her grasp on reality changes with her's son's health. Rhett's life changing experiences are...