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iD: The Machine Dynasty, Book II Kindle Edition
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Javier is a self-replicating humanoid on a journey of redemption.
Javier's quest takes him from Amy's island, where his actions have devastating consequences for his friend, toward Mecha where he will find either salvation... or death.
File Under: Science Fiction [ vN2 | Island in the Streams | Failsafe No More | The Stepford Solution ]
About the Author
Madeline Ashby is an American-Canadian science fiction writer. She is best known for her 2016 novel Company Town, which was selected for the 2017 edition of Canada Reads. She previously published the novels VN and iD, as well as numerous short stories in anthologies and literary magazines.
Luke Daniels has narrated over 250 audiobooks, has been the grateful recipient of thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has earned three Audie nominations. His background is in classical theater and film. Luke has performed at repertory theaters around the country, but now he resides in the Midwest with his pack.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00AUSCKUK
- Publisher : Angry Robot (July 9, 2013)
- Publication date : July 9, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 444 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #684,449 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Also, the books pretend to tackle tons of things though rationality, and at.the next line it slips in plotholes the size of flying saucers through dialogue and narration both, in the verb tense and figures of speech.
I'd suggest reading Eros Philia Agape Eros, Philia, Agape: A Tor.Com Original —not for the style, but for the AI's dilemma and journey of self discovery—from Rachel Swirsky, to the author.
There were very nice and funny parts there and there, so I didn't give it one star.
But I dropped the book and mourned my money some time after reading about Javier and Amy. The intention behind their attachment is nice, but the executions was a little grotesque. (And not due to being uncanny. Sadly.) I can see similarities with the series Human, except that the author made huge mistakes; mistakes that the producers of the series avoided by purposedly keeping their AI's emotions and motivations ambiguous.
I might try to pick up this book again latter, but when I won't be in the mood to read about Asimovian AIs this time; to spare myself the exasperation and the urge to write my own book that this inspired (not that I could, though).
If you want Blade Runner or the Ex Machina mixed into an overdone blasé zombie drama where the author's negative feelings are all over the place, this is genius.
But if you're looking for something close to I,Robot, Automata or the AI movie that depict clever rules and play with them in a plot, you might also end up disappointed.
I'm very glad I did. This one gripped me from the beginning, and kept me engrossed to the point that I devoured it over the course of a day. The hero's journey is compelling, and the 'Failsafe' neatly changes some of the gender stereotypes I'm used to seeing. As I like my SF to challenge the status quo and look at the future from a new angle, I thought that was a pretty good thing. I especially liked the world building parts on the Island, early on in the novel. The vN ecosystem that the author brings to life is very richly textured.
Some of those textures are sorta icky. To borrow a pop phrase, "Put the kids to bed, folks, because she works blue." Very blue. There are a lot of frank depictions of sex and sexual assault. These aren't romance novel depictions (the word turgid doesn't appear once!), more statements of fact to move the story around, but they could cause some to be squeamish. There is also a lot of mention of pedophilia. If you are triggered by such things, you should be warned before reading this. At one point, one of the villains has a line that is so beyond wrong that I had to put the book down and walk away for a time. There aren't any punches pulled on the subject.
I would highly recommend this novel to my friends, with the caveats mentioned in the review. This is NOT a YA novel. It is an adult take on Asimov's 3 rules of Robotics, and as such it is a riveting read. I will be preordering the third book as soon as it's up on Amazon.
The author is mostly writing from the position that AI is essentially a very clever species (more so than humans), and that the relationship will be mostly OK for us – but not completely. It's an interesting place on the spectrum of optimism <-> pessimism.
Worth a read.
Miss Ashby does a great job of painting a plausible future, things don't get magically better because of technology, technology just gives new avenues for old desires to be expressed.
The interactions in relationships are expressed in an insightful realistic manner giving the characters such a full definition it feels like you might know them. Like real people their lives are not lived in black and white, but shades of gray. Mistakes are made, passions drive decisions. Sometimes the expressed passions are unattractive, but they are realistic.
Great science fiction, great writing.
Some Portia plot holes that don't quite get tied up. Writer definitively doesn't explain everything as she is going. Still, very fun to read.
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I'll be back for the 3rd in the series, no doubt, but this one went off the rails too many times, and the story wondered off the track too many times. By the end of the book we were all on track for book 3, but I wish she had given us a more enjoyable journey....
Would us humans use them for our own selfishness or grant them a life of there own and respect them. Makes you think.
Seems Ashby had fun while writing this novel. I had fun playing 'spot the reference'.