First of all, I LOVED the world that Cooper created -- in terms of the automaton animals. I thought it was unique, and I imagined I would be very happy having one myself. A lovely pet with all the animal traits but no need to eat or defecate (haha). Perfect for a single woman who work outside of home for more than 12 hours like me!
Unfortunately, I also thought it didn't reach its potential. The relationship between Clement and Duke happened off page, even before the first chapter. So I missed their connection or any emotional feel that could happen. Which is too bad because I love second-chances theme. Then after all the bad things that happened to Clement regarding his business, everything also solved rather quickly. So it was like everything was built up for some sort of climax but it never really happened.
So I could only consider this as an 'okay' read.