Thursday, 31 December 2015

Silicon Man by William Massa

Title: Silicon Man
Series: Silicon World (#1)
Author: William Massa
From: Amazon
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian
Release Date: 20th February 2014
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

With android technology making up a large proportion of the world's workforce there has been a rise in robots evolving beyond their programming and thinking for themselves. Cole Marsalis is one of the officers of the task force that tracks down runaways and after his own personal tragedy at the hands of an AI, he is determined to stop them. When he is selected to go underground as an AI himself things take a dramatically different turn and Cole finds himself torn in two...

I found Silicon Man via Bookbub and the synopsis had me completely intrigued. I loved reading it. In some ways it reminded me a bit of I, Robot (which I read before I started reviewing) but a more updated, and quite frankly in this day an age, more likely scenario.

I wasn't sure which angle this book was going to go for at first. There was a lot of focus on where the robots and AI were going wrong, and yet the prologue is from an AI point of view and involved a lot of focus on it doing what it thought was right. But as the story progressed it became clearer and clearer to me where the author was going.

The main climax of the book (before the ending which was definitely NOT what I expected!) had a very interesting stand off between two characters. I honestly hadn't considered that the twist could happen like that and was kind of shocked when it did. However the author pulled it off brilliantly and it added something different to the story.

This book was a great sci-fi tale. Slightly less machines-take-over than Terminator but more so than I, Robot, I think it took a really good look into what makes things human. I found it well paced and with just a dash of romance (it barely takes up any page space but is there in the background, mainly just in looks) and really enjoyed it!