Meet Emily – she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind’s deepest secrets and even fix your truck’s air con, but unfortunately, she can’t restart the Sun.
She’s an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.
So, her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome. But before her solution can be tested, her lab is brutally attacked, and Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions – college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra.
As the sun’s death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. But before long it becomes clear that it’s not only the species at stake, but also that which makes us most human.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed Emily Eternal – it wasn’t quite what I expected having read a short excerpt from the start, but much more in line with the blurb. (I know, I know, obvious!!) I really liked the way the Artificial Consciousness melded with futuristic “real” life in this, and how the science worked. Most of it seemed plausible, given we don’t know how far in the future it’s set. My biggest science issue was actually how they created Emily, and I totally get why that’s not included – you’d need an entire book just on the theory of an AC! Hehe.
I really liked Emily, and how she seemed both human and not, and the concept of not being able to control when she the “present” was fab, you could sense that it was frustrating for her. And how she interacted without everyone was fantastically done. There’s a great scene where she knows she’s being petty but still storms put properly to prove a point, and I love it.
I didn’t love the romance element, though once it had played out I liked their interactions. It was surprisingly well played, given the circumstances.
I was also a little frustrated not really knowing more of the motivations behind Argosy – we see a very small amount and then it’s quickly rushed away. That’s probably my main niggle, as it meant I didn’t really get the depth I wanted.
That said, the plot is fast paced and well written, and I loved the bio-elements (my favourite bits are right at the end, and so I don’t want to spoil, but I love the ending so hard).
I also loved Jason and Mayra, especially Mayra – she rocked! Even though we only see their perspectives through Emily’s eyes, they are much needed in keeping it human and grounded.
Definitely worth a read if you like science fiction!
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