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- Print Length: 385 pages
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- Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing (December 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 11, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0775FD5XV
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story is told, first person singular by a young female. I was surprised that the protagonist came off needy. She does have strength and comes through when it counts, but she spend a lot of time obsessing over what other people think, and is entirely too consumed by her crush on Andy. This is the first in a series, and I assume we will watch her grow in the next books.
There is enough action and suspense to keep the reader interested, and hints at romance make a good side element. But this is directed at a thoughtful audience, willing to consider the evidence and see where it takes us. I also picked up on some allegorical references to modern day events. I suspect these may also be given more time in future books.
I’m glad I got in at the start of this series and wait impatiently for the next book.
Thing is, the girl is 21 and (seriously) never kissed anyone because she’s saving herself for her unrequited love interest. She is an undergrad in neuroscience, but the way she talks and acts, you’d swear she was a sophomore in high school.
Then there are the ‘bots’. Set in an indeterminate future, robots are everywhere; taking over jobs, serving your meal, checking you in at a hotel. But our goofy young heroine has a companion bot that she hides from everyone because they would hate her and it if they knew it existed. Why?! They’re everywhere for goodness sake?!
Chapters and paragraphs alternate jarringly between a dreamy discourse on ‘why doesn’t he love me? How can I make him love me? What does he see in all those other girls?’ to the most intricate detailed descriptions of science facts regarding robotics, the internet, how humans have emotions and a sense of right and wrong, and how that could be installed into robots. Honestly, those parts read like the most boring textbook you will ever read. Unless you are actually studying those subjects.
I saw the big surprise twist at the end coming a mile away. And although this obviously ended with a view to sequels, I just didn’t care enough about any of the characters or what was going on to keep following the story, so this will be the last installment I read.
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Yours truly liked this discussion because it also explained, as reasonable inference, that our consciousness is likewise an emergent phenomenon - it has to have 5 stars for that alone!
Meanwhile, back in the plot, bots have been taking over more and more jobs in every industry and calling, and this has been going on apace for decades. The World Government is convincing more and more people that this is good for them and dissenting opinions are now rare; only some people think the Senate leader is creepy. Rebecca who is studying the nature of emotions has recently come to this view and it has complicated her life no end. Furthermore her study supervisor/boss is a dissenter, as well as being a real hunk; ooooh, could it be she might be starting to have feelings for him? But this guy, Liam, is a Renegade: he wants to convince the goverment of the creepy Senate leader that super intelligent bots may become really dangerous. Rebecca's father was a renegade also until he died of a horrible disease 10 years previously, but now Bec finds out all her father's fellow Renegades died of the same disease at the same time. Hmm the plot thickens relentlessly, and maybe Liam is right to be paranoid, and what will he think of Bec if he learns her guilty secret!?
Das Thema gefällt mir gut, da ich gerne ab und zu Distopien lese. Diese ist gut gemacht und die Autorin scheint sich sehr viele Gedanken zu machen, wie die technische Umsetzung aussieht. Natürlich kann ich nicht prüfen, ob die Umsetzung richtig ist, aber die klingeln glaubwürdig. Da die Autorin Medizin studiert hat, kennt sie sich mit vielen Sachen aus, die in denn Buch thematisiert werden.
Weiter fand ich den Aspekt gut, dass alle Meinungen gegen die Regierung gelöscht wurden. Niemand darf also negativ über die Zukunft denken. Das passt auch ein bisschen zum heutigen Zeitalter, wo viele falsche Nachrichten kursieren.
Für mein Mädchenherz war auch einiges an Liebesgeschichte dabei. Es schön zu sehen, wie Rebecca lernen muss, sich ihre eigene Gefühle einzugestehen. Sie ist erst 21, also hat sie noch viel zu lernen.
Ich denke, mit diesen Buch werden sich Menschen beider Geschlechter und verschiedenen Alters erfreuen können.
Ich habe dieses Buch kostenlos erworben und ich werde auf jeden Fall die restlichen Bücher der Trilogie lesen.