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The Last Watch (The Divide Series #1) by J. S. Dewes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250236340
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Published: Tor Books - April 20th, 2021

The Divide is the edge of the universe, protected and watched by the Sentinels, the exiled dregs of the military. But when the Divide starts to collapse, the Sentinels may be the only ones who can stop it, but first they have to save themselves. The Last Watch is an immensely readable work of science fiction. It is imaginative and fast paced, with characters you can't help but love. Perfect for fans of the Expanse series. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


Sea of Tranquility: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 19th, 2022

A young man travels back in time in an attempt to discover the cause of a momentary flash that has appeared to certain people in different centuries. He is strictly admonished by the Time Institute to do nothing that will alter the course of the future in any way. The punishment is being banished to one of the Far Colonies. Reading this fascinating novel is a little like finding your way through a complex maze and the light shining at the end will catch all but the most perceptive completely off guard. Very few authors could weave threads of a dystopian future, a devastating pandemic, time travel, and habitation in dome-covered worlds into a tapestry as dazzling as the one Emily St. John Mandel unfolds in Sea of Tranquility. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Expert System's Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250197566
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Published: Tordotcom - July 17th, 2018

The Expert System's Brother is an immersive, literary experience. Tchaikovsky pulls you into a world where being different means being exiled. When Handry becomes involuntarily disconnected from his family and home, he is sent away from his village. While on his journey, Handry connects with others like him, learning more about the world around him and how everything truly came to be. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: Tordotcom - May 2nd, 2017

This first novella in the Murderbot Diaries deals with the idea of what does it mean to be human and what does it mean to be a robot. It asks can a robot be “human” or at least human-like? Can one make that choice themselves or must someone or something validate them/make them “legitimate”? We follow the self-named "Murderbot" as they maneuver the world of humans on a space expedition. This relatable character (all they want to do is rejuvenate in their bunk, stay away from humans, and watch their shows) finds its way into our hearts as we too try and understand what does the word "humanity" really mean and how far can we go before we lose any sense of it? ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Vintage Classics) by Jules Verne - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593081518
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Published: Vintage - June 16th, 2020

Jules Verne’s beloved nautical adventure predicts nearly all of the workings of a modern submarine in its depiction of the Nautilus, an outlaw undersea vessel commanded by the enigmatic Captain Nemo, while further exploring the mysteries of the South Pole, tunnels beneath the Suez, hollow volcanoes, the lost continent of Atlantis, monstrous whales and cetaceans, and so much more. The level of research and care poured into this celebration of marine biology ensure its place among the greatest novels of its generation, centuries ahead of its time. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Day Zero: A Novel by C. Robert Cargill - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062405807
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Published: Harper Voyager - May 25th, 2021

Can we program robots to feel and think for themselves? Can we give them free will and even a conscience? And if so, what are the repercussions for what it means to be a person or a machine? In this apocalyptic adventure robots have been given these very human characteristics, with many choosing to start a murderous revolution to win their freedom, while some choose to fight for the survival of the humans they were made to serve. The question remains as to who is really pulling the strings. Do these machines actually have free will? Ultimately, this book left me to ponder the nature of my own free will, and whether the emotions I feel and the choices I make are somehow programmed in much the same way we have programmed our machines. I couldn't put this book down. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


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