An intriguing storyline that leaves you pondering even as you reach the final page.
Being a fan of Philip K. Dick, I was interested as soon as I saw a comparison to ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ in the synopsis of ‘Rone Isa’ by Robin Murarka. This book sees the creation of an AI which calls themselves Enoya by the engineer Dargaud. It is dystopian, with the odd jarring reference but ultimately uses Enoya and their position as “other” to really delve into and analyse the human condition. As Dargaud questions Enoya, exploring the workings of this new AI that’s able to self-monitor and evolve, it becomes clear to the reader that Enoya is also watching and learning more about Dargaud. As the book develops we learn more about the engineer, he is a flawed, and not particularly likeable character who is rather self-absorbed, only really paying attention to his own desires and needs. Because of this as the reader follows his story we brush by key information that hints at this story’s dramatic end. ‘Rone Isa’ is a very well-crafted narrative that will demand your complete attention. The literary style flows well and adds some complexity, but also draws you into the story and encourages you to explore and dissect human nature as Enoya questions and grows. An intriguing storyline that leaves you pondering even as you reach the final page, I would recommend this book to readers of literary fiction that are looking for something with a science fiction twist.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
WHAT SECRETS RESIDE IN ENOYA'S ARTIFICIAL MIND? From the author of AKIN, Robin Murarka's Rone Isa traverses that border between science and literary fiction, weaving a futuristic dystopian world seeped in technology and wonder. "Robin Murarka has delivered a tour-de-force in the provocative, daring Rone Isa." - Jessica Tingling, San Francisco Book Review Garbled noise, quickly becoming coherent, strange messages, and soon, she is revealed, calling herself 'Enoya'. The engineer, Dargaud, locked in his small, decrepit loft, marvels over his creation, unaware that she is observing him as much as he is observing her. Set in the futuristic metropolis of Agnus Sistra IV, Rone Isa follows the newly birthed artificial intelligence, 'Enoya', as she learns about the world of man, trying to comprehend abstraction and violence, much as a child would. Dargaud, the engineer that created her, also explores the newfound equity in her abilities, and basks in the carnality afforded to him through her achievements. Reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Rone Isa delves into the depths of artificial intelligence and its relationship with humans. What secrets reside in her artificial mind? And will Dargaud's excess destroy him?
|Publication date:||5th August 2020|
|Publisher:||R. R. Bowker|
|Primary Genre||Science Fiction|