I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I’m not well versed in science fiction, so perhaps that affected my enjoyment of Meredith’s novel. I’d like to say that first, just so readers who live and breathe this genre will still give this story a chance.
Okay. The plot itself was a mixture of I-Robot, Humans, and Westworld. Even the video game Detroit: Become Human came to mind. However, Meredith’s take on developing robots seemed a bit immature to me. The story came off as flatly dramatic – I simply wasn’t sold on how things progressed. The first rule in fiction is to convince the reader that what is happening in the book, no matter how unrealistic, is possible. I was not convinced. Why did the characters do so many of the things that they did?
Meredith’s narrative is simple. Logical. Which fits the genre, yes, but I was unimpressed with the use of exclamation marks and almost childish descriptions. However, saying that, when a scene turned gory or centered around technology, Meredith’s writing improved drastically. He just needs to polish his dialogue and casual description to mirror the strength of the bloody and factual scenes.
To continue being blunt…I did not care for the characters. If I had to choose a favourite, it was Patrick, but barely so.
The saving grace of this book is Meredith’s technology and his play on human/android natures. Hence the 3 star rating instead of 2.
I can see Meredith becoming an impressive author with more polish. He has quite the scope for technological vision.