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Robogenesis: 08/07/21

Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson

Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson is the sequel to Robopocalypse (2012). Like the first book, this one is told from multiple points of view. Some are human, some are AI, and some are transhuman (cyborg).

The book opens with the death and transformation of a character, into an AI driven zombie thing with the memories of the host. It's a violent, visceral opening and one that pulled me out of the novel to the point that I struggled to focus on the remaining book.

The narrative ends up being a war of ideals between two different post-human evolutions. In the middle are the few survivors, though from how things have been described civilization has been wiped out and there are almost no mention of women, children, infants, or the elderly. There are like one of each of those as well as a whole bunch of robots and a few soldiers holding on.

The tug of war between post society ideals reminded me of the on-going Ascender series by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen. Frankly I'm not a fan of the plot there either.

Three stars

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