Wednesday 9 December 2015

#bookreview: Stories of Singularity by @susankayequinn

Susan Kaye Quinn just released 4 short stories set in the Singularity Universe! And because *ahem* I am an early reviewer (wheeeeeeee), here are my reviews! (If you follow me on goodreads, you would've already read these.)

Restore (Stories of Singularity #1)Restore by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Restore is written in the voice of Restorative Human Medical Care Unit 7435, an AI built to administer medical care to humans. Replacing Asimov's famous three laws of robotics with a single emotion: unconditional love, Restore explores what happens when Unit 7435 fails in its primary mission.

I guess I *liked* the story. But I'm not raving over it. It was thoughtful. Well-written. Bitter sweet. I don't understand why I didn't like it more.

Containment (Stories of Singularity #2)Containment by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mining Master of Thebe has encountered a strange arrangement of rocks that shouldn't be there. When a visiting ascender makes a beautiful work of art, he is inexplicably drawn to it. He wants to probe more into this mystery, but there is work to be done and scheduled health checks to be performed.

There was something beautifully haunting about Containment. Quinn explores the idea of sentience and robotic intelligence, providing startling revelations - at least to the robot.

Defiance (Stories of Singularity #3)Defiance by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where The Legacy Human launches you directly into Elijah's world, Defiance gives you a peek into the background of the relationship between Elijah, Cyrus and Mrs Brighton.

It colours in the lines of what you already know from the Singularity series, so it would either be a great tease if you haven't read the books yet, or a satisfying snippet for those who want more from the Singularity universe.

Augment (Stories of Singularity #4)Augment by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Miriam Levine is a jiv - a human with augments - and she's fighting to win the Resurrection mod - a brand new augmentation that may very well be the only thing that will keep her alive. Because she's about to throw her life away.

Susan Kaye Quinn fleshes out a very passionate Mir, one who is ready to give up her life for what she believes in, one who desperately wants to see change in their community. I loved this short story and wanted to give it 5 stars, but to be honest, I think you'd only really love this if you've already read The Legacy Human and The Duality Bridge.

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The books are also available in a box set, which includes a bonus flash fiction.

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