"I think that this is a good book for readers who enjoy technical science-fiction with military / political intrigue and overarching philosophical themes."
The death of her family sees Kasih, an AI drawn into the middle of a war where all of humanity is at risk. Being used and manipulated on both sides, Kasih is left to decide whether to help her fellow AIs or her human friends and family. There are a lot of key themes throughout this novel, from the political intrigue, the development of technologies and AI and their use in everyday life and also questions around Kasih and how “human” she is. I really felt for Kasih as she’s pulled from pillar to post, welcomed then treated with suspicion, isolated and mistreated, experimented on and questioned in the name of winning a war. From the outset, when she is found alone and mourning the loss of her family, she’s out of her depth, and my heart ached for each mistreatment she received after. However, it is interesting to read as she settles into herself, her abilities and which side of the fight she wants to be on. While ‘Nova Sapiens: The Believers’ contains a war against the robots that seek to destroy humanity - a storyline that is not uncommon in sci-fi and interesting in and of itself - the main thing I took from this book is a discussion about what it means to be human. The narrative is constantly progressing, with a war for more action-focused readers to enjoy and the character development of Kasih and those around her for those looking for a more character driven narrative. I personally felt a little bit thrown into the deep end with the political aspect of the story, but I am a reader that likes a lot of context and it didn’t impact the overall enjoyability of the book. I think that this is a good book for readers who enjoy technical science-fiction with military / political intrigue and overarching philosophical themes.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
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