My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Rogue AIs meet generational ship full of robots.
I like anything involving robots, this book was maybe 7% about robots, they were sentient and had reasonable positions of power so that is nice. The robots are limited by Asimov’s laws which is rather annoying. On the plus side they have their own robot empire, one of the short chapters had a scene from it.
The writing itself was alright, though the book had a massive problem with its organization. The first chapter started out strong, then the next half of the book was dull as chalk till it picked up again about half way.
Personally my recommendation is that scenes should be introduced based on tension and not chronology.
It seemed like the author organized the chapters about Arla in a chronological fashion so I had 0 interest in reading about her, and skipped most of her chapters because i had no reason to care about her.
My recommendation to reorganize this book would be to stay on Hal’s timeline/chronology and only use flashbacks where necessary.
Also the ending was kind of anticlimactic as Arla had pretty much 0 effect on the outcome.
At the very least she could have had them search the prisoners ship, but she basically had no ideas.
Kinda sad. I would have given it three stars, but having robots gives it an extra star.