Top critical review
Absurd, entertaining, predictable
on November 17, 2016
Stories like this are acceptable ONLY if you ignore silly plots, ridiculous scenarios, laughable science and rampant borrowing from the other 10,000 tales exactly like it. **** PLOT REVEAL *** China "secretly" inserts thousands of spies into the country then uses an EMP that destroys every electronic device in the nation followed up with an invading army of millions. Where to begin?
(1) A single EMP would affect a large area but certainly not the US (including Alaska and Hawaii). The higher the detonation, the lower the effect.
(2) Even within the zone solar would continue working as would many cars and small electronic devices. (3) Even multiple hits EMPS would not wipe out underground silos throughout the nation and more importantly our nuclear submarines.
The idea that the identity of the attacker remained a mystery is absurd. They must have ballistic missiles, a means of delivery and the ability to create a huge EMP. Eliminate the UK, France, India, Pakistan, N Korea and Israel and you get Russia and China. Anyhoo, our hero works for the occupiers while "secretly" developing the Singularity in an underground garage. Why he thinks consciousness is required for super intelligence is never explained. Over several months workers try to coax its first words by being nice (think babysitting). After a breakthrough and an odd, very slow learning period Todd begins communicating telepathically with his "dad". Despite the fact that Todd could defeat the Chinese in a nanosecond he chooses the long route - making measly humans doe it with his help. You guess the rest - pitched battles, capture, chase scenes, a roll in the hay, final showdown, our hero becomes president and all is well.
Alas, Todd announces he must journey to Singularity Heaven to be with the other intelligences though he never explains why he can't simply leave a copy of himself for mere mortals. A silly epilogue follows. Score it 6 on characterization, 3 on originality, 7 for editing (I noticed only 3 blatant errors) and 8 for action scenes. Romance is a 5. All in all, a quick read if you aren't picky with your science, history or literature.