Pandemia and Coronavirus book. The Companions

Author: Katie M. Flynn

Katie M. Flynn’s book arrived in a timely manner. In The Companion (Simon & Schuster), which was published March 3, California is under quarantine after a highly contagious virus hits. Though the living are unable to go out, the dead can saunter about in various forms, from “sad rolling cans to manufactured bodies that can pass for human.” This is due to a new “companionship” program, in which people can choose to upload their consciousness before dying as a means of remaining in the custody of their families. “The less fortunate are rented out to strangers upon their death, but all companions become the intellectual property of Metis Corporation, creating a new class of people — a command-driven product-class without legal rights or true free will,” the publisher writes of the story. Flynn’s dystopian story explores the idea of a pandemic-ravaged world, coincidentally published amid the coronavirus.