Defective is a fifty-three-page short story by Pamela Stewart published in 2017. That makes it attractive to the young adult crowd (12-18) for which it was written. Older adults are also allowed to read it.

Xiau (or Sifu) is a scientist in China specializing in creating androids that can perform humint intelligence functions for the North Asia Army. That means they have to interact with humans to find desired information. Certain high officials are not happy with many of Xiau’s Android builds. Some of them seem to have a mind of their own. A visiting inspector has threatened to shut down the lab if the next assignment is not carried out in a satisfactory manner. The only android remotely available for the job is Zee.