Thursday, November 1, 2018

Reading on a Theme: Sentient Artificial Intelligence

Has anyone else caught the sentient AI bug? I can't get enough of this sci-fi subgenre. I find the AI so intriguing. Do you have a favorite AI? Let me know. I don't want to miss out on a great one.

Eve and her Grandpa are trying to make do in a futuristic world that's an environmentalist's nightmare. Their under the radar existence comes to an end when Eve finds an android in a crashed aircraft. The android is a Lifelike, a sentient class of robotics that's been outlawed for being too dangerous. As far as sentient artificial intelligence is concerned, Lifel1k3 hits it out of the park. I did not expect those twists. Also, is anyone talking about the Anastasia nods? I feel like those Easter eggs were placed just for me. The end of this book is a crazy cliffhanger. I'm sure a lot of people will be eager for the next installment in the series. LifeL1k3 was out May 29, 2018. Review copy from NetGalley.

The Scorpion Rules takes place in the distant future after humanity has nearly decimated itself thanks to global warming and warfare over scarce resources. The savior of mankind, said with a grain of salt, is an amoral Artificial Intelligence named Talis. To maintain peace Talis requires the heir of each nation be raised as hostages in his Preceptures. Talis is enigmatic, scary, weirdly fascinating, and, in many ways, a complete contradiction. Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation is a Child of Peace and our narrator. With her country on the brink of war, she's knows survival is unlikely. Family is a central theme in Erin Bow's book. What one would do for family or what one cannot do for family is central. The sequel is equally intriguing. 

Nemesis might not quite count as artificial intelligence because she's made with genetic material, but she is definitely fabricated. The Diabolic is set in space. Recently outlawed, Diabolics were fabricated to protect one person, and one person only. Nemesis's person is Sidonia, and to protect Sidonia she must pretend to be her when Sidonia is summoned to the emperor's court. I thoroughly enjoyed S.J. Kincaid's book. It has the perfect combination of action and philosophical speculation. As Nemesis attempts to masquerade as human the question of her humanity must be confronted. I loved the court intrigue, the alliances, and all the double-crossing. I'm definitely reading the sequel. Review copy from Edelweiss.

Noemi Vidal is a soldier of Genesis, a planet that seceded from Earth's colonies in hopes of protecting their world. Now Genesis is at war with Earth and times are desperate. Abel is a machine, abandoned by his creator in the Genesis system, he spent 30 years alone until Noemi boards his ship. The two then set off on a romp around the galaxy on a mission to save Noemi's planet. I love Claudia Gray's books. Defy the Stars is so entertaining. I can't seem to get enough of the the sentient AI motif, and Gray's book is a great addition to this subgenre. I also love that Ms Gray handled religion and the idea of souls with so much respect and honesty. Also, the audiobook is fabulous. I loved the two narrators. The reader who narrates Abel's portions is particularly great.

The year is 2575 and Kady and Ezra's planet has just been invaded by a rival corporation. Their harrowing escape to the evacuation ships is just the beginning. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff tell their story through a collection of interviews, secret documents, instant messages, and emails. The way that the story is delivered is definitely part of the appeal. AIDAN, the series sentient AI, is, in my opinion, hands down the best part about this book. AIDAN is in turns terrifying, intriguing, poetic, and fascinating. I read the first book in the Illuminae series just after it came out, and I have not shut up about the series since. Every new installment has been a nail biter. There's so much to love in this series

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