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Emily Eternal Audio CD – Unabridged, April 23, 2019
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Emily is an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.
Her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome that may save them all. But not everyone is convinced Emily has the best solution--or the best intentions. Before her theory can be tested, the lab is brutally attacked, and Emily's servers are taken hostage.
Narrowly escaping, Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions--college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra. As the sun's death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. Soon it becomes clear not just the species is at stake, but also that which makes us most human.
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Innovative...A quirky mix of melancholy, irreverence, and romance.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Visionary. The best AI character since HAL 9000.-- "Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author"
About the Author
Mark Wheaton began his writing career as a freelance reporter before becoming a screenwriter and producer on films like Friday the 13th, The Messengers, and the forthcoming Voice from the Stone. In addition, he created the comic book, The Cleaners, has scripted a number of video games, and self-published several short stories and novellas including the cadaver dog-centric Bones series. He lives in Los Angeles.
- Publisher : Hachette B and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (April 23, 2019)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1549179438
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549179433
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 1.1 x 5.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,849,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Emily Eternal is nothing I've ever read before. This was such a unique tale. I raced through it becuase Emily's story ecxited me so much. I absolutely loved her character and I had to remind myself from time to time that she is not a real person.
I would recommend this book to everyone who loved a good sci-fi.
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It runs for 292 pages. It has four parts. Thirty nine chapters. Then an epilogue.
There is some violence, and some mild adult moments.
The main character, who narrates the whole thing in the first person, is Emily. An artificial consciousness - a step up from an artificial intelligence - who was designed to help people cope with trauma. But in a world where the sun is reaching the end of its life cycle billions of years before it was expected, and life on Earth is thus seemingly doomed, society has bigger problems to face.
Then a solution presents itself. To which Emily is key. But when the place where she works is attacked, she is forced on the run. And hard choices about how to save humanity await...
A tricky book to start, for about a page. As we see everything from Emily's viewpoint, you are thus in her often virtual surroundings. And it isn't initially clear on page one what is happening. Stick around for page two though, because it clicks at that point.
It then becomes a really engrossing read, thanks to a very well drawn and likeable lead character in the shape of Emily, and you quickly get a sense of her world and all that is going on and how she lives and interacts with people. It does then take a while for the action to really kick off, but all the detail you go through prior to that point is well written and good development, and very involving.
It does reveal plot information and have things happen at the right point to keep the narrative going at a good pace. And some of the human characters are very well drawn, and Emily's interactions with them very well written. One in particular allowing for some excellent emotional moments.
It gets into some very interesting ideas as well. The kind that make you think. So this is science fiction as it should be. The final third getting bigger in scope and even more emotional and thought provoking. There's some interesting science as well.
And as mentioned, it does manage to wrap itself all up. Very nicely too.
A great little book, but just slightly short of five stars. Simply because certain aspects of Emily's viewpoint don't come across as well as they possibly could, so it does take a long time to get to grips with those. A great book otherwise though, and if you like good science fiction, you should give it a go.
The problem being that certain groups want to apprehend this Consciousness to serve their own purpose.
I find the concept of Consciousness being conscious of itself quite amusing. In many ways I am already primed to enjoy such a story as this one. However, I do feel that the author hasn't quite attained a level of authorship that would cause me to feel riveted by either the story or his penmanship. One moment we are being introduced to the concept of “Emily” and then far too soon, without sufficient deepening of plot, raids take place and persons associated with Emily are killed. Then Emily is fleeing with 2 friends, if one will allow such a term.
We later learn that there was in fact a second version of Emily known as Emily-2 who tries to thwart the efforts of Emily because, unlike Emily who has, by entering into the minds of humans, learnt of the more loving side of being human, only wants to control – not get involved in wishy-washy humane concepts.
I don't believe in mirroring every aspect of a book and therefore I will not tell you how Emily Eternal concludes. I suspect, indeed hope, that many of you will not be as pedantic and analytical as I am and therefore will not let the occasional inconsistency of plot spoil your enjoyment of Emily should you decide to purchase Emily Eternal.