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Infinity Shift is the second book in Robert Holding's Sci-Fi trilogy set in the 29th century, the sequel to 'Downtime Shift', which came out last year. The story picks up eight years after the end of the first when things on Earth have moved on dramatically towards total schism. The major cities on the planet are still under the iron rule of the Eye, a highly sophisticated Artificial Intelligence. The 'Spacers', those who lived outside the Eye's reach above the planet, are increasingly aware of the need to make a complete break with the planet, despite still being dependent on some of it's resources. They're loosely in league with the 'Outsiders', the Infinity Corps, renegade Earth dwellers, also outside the Eye's reach in the countryside. The Corps had been mobilised by Evelyn Marcin, who has become a folk hero in her eight year absence. The Eye's great advance in the meantime has been the development of Artificial Biology, bio-machines embedded in human followers, who are then able to subliminally control others emotions and behaviour. This dangerous step, however, looks like it might be about to backfire as Gaudynya, who has undergone the procedure, plots to use her power to her own advantage. Will Evelyn be able to live up to her name and legend in the fight for the stability of Earth. She knows she must take on Gaudynya and make great sacrifices for her vision, so the book ends on another cliffhanger, to be resolved in part three. If you found Downtime Shift intriguing, complex and thought-provoking, you will certainly want to read how the main characters have moved on and cope with this new twist in their fates. Drena Irish, A LoveReading Amabassador
'Downtime Shift' is an intriguing, complex and chilling work of science fiction by Robert Holding. Set in the twenty-first and twenty-ninth centuries, it paints a frightening picture of a future in which mankind is totally controlled by artificial intelligence. Evelyn, the main character, is a 'Shifty', that is someone who has been trained to survive and carry out tasks for the 'EYE' when travelling 800 years into the planet's past to alter its future for the better. Questioning these tasks, Evelyn returns to her own time to find that many of the remaining population want to take back control of their lives but that the 'EYE' also has more forces under her control than had been reckoned with. This is a very challenging read on many levels and so plausible in general that it is truly terrifying. The characters are well-defined and the plot fast-paced. The author does leave us with a light at the end of a horrendously turbulent tunnel. I would certainly recommend this book, especially to anyone feeling disillusioned with the way modern life seems to be heading. Drena Irish, A LoveReading Ambassador