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- Print Length: 210 pages
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- Publisher: Simply Smashing Publishing; 2 edition (March 6, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 6, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CO464SG
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Apocalypse A.I. - The Seven (Apocalypse AI Book 1) Kindle Edition
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To recap, Five years ago, the AI DANA declared war on humanity. DANA is winning, and humanity is reduced to a few Enclaves, and not much else. What's worse, DANA had developed androids, indistinguishable from humans except through deep MRI. Human command launched the most desperate plan yet. Apollo Jones, one of the finest "Erasers" who ever went into battle, is tasked to lead six civilians (none of whom really knew why they are there), and one android Eve, who defected and joined the human side, for a special mission... To strike against DANA's nest. But to do so, they will have to trek for TWO MONTHS through hostile terrain, hunted by drones, robot soldiers, and skins (humans mind-slaved by implants). And they will have to share all of their secrets and trust each other if they are to survive... but nobody is ready to do that just yet... for they all have secrets...
The action parts are okay, but it's mainly Apollo and Eve against a few scouts. There are HUGE amounts of flashbacks, most of them from Eve in this volume, so we understood why she defected. There was a genuine twist, but as I said, this volume did not end at a good place to make this volume feel even partially finished. It's not even at an "okay for now" ending. This really feels like "one third of a book".
If I was an author I would not release incomplete works that will be rated. Write a complete story then write sequels, if the reader is frustrated by the first book they aren't moving on anyway. If you must fall into the book series trap/trend then write the books to be complete stories that subsequent books build on, like S. King's Dark Tower. The vast majority of book series don't have the delicate balance of the series mastered.
As other reviewers have pointed out this is an incomplete story, the pacing is way off. It is well written and has a fantastic futuristic plot concept. I am frustrated enough not to be moving on. Pity, this has so much potential.
The book starts with the central character, clearly a military pariah due to some unspecified misfeasance, considering taking a dangerous, but critical assignment, in a war between humanity and an A.I. named DANA. He accepts, and is assigned to lead a group of civilians (and one battle-hardened cyborg) to DANA's primary server cluster to infect it with a fatal virus. None of the group has been told why he or she had been selected.
Therefore, the author devotes most of his words to characters explaining themselves in monologue. Even though he handles this deftly, it became apparent about two-thirds of the way through that there would not be enough space for all the actors' stories. That's when I felt the dread of the possibility that the book would simply end, as if it were a mere chapter.
Unfortunately, I was right. Only two of "the seven" got the chance before the writing just stopped. None of the questions raised to that point had been answered. No issues had been resolved. This was not a cliff-hanger, it was a travesty that reminded me of the last episode of The Sopranos.
As I mentioned above, the author has a gift for language, with one glaring exception. He uses the plural "they" to refer to DANA. Now, I realize it has become grammatically acceptable to use that word in the singular when the speaker is not sure of gender or wishes not to specify it. However, DANA is a machine and, therefore, neither a "he" nor a "she" but rather an "it." Referring to it in the plural creates jagged bumps in an otherwise smooth narrative flow.
I was hoping for a military sci-fi novel in the mold of the Honor Harrington books by David Weber, especially since none of the other reviews mentioned the incomplete nature of this book. Each of the novels in the "Honorverse" is standalone with most, if not all, the conflicts resolved by book's end. Not Apocalypse A.I.
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