About the Book
Evolving into the perfect weapon, humaniform AI Synthia Cross has been on the run six months and counting. She found a most unexpected ally in Maria Baldacci, a street-smart activist fighting the nascent threat of the singularity. Synthia is everything Maria fears and abhors. But Synthia’s also the only one who can help Maria battle against the creation of an android army. But the forces against them are growing—a threat more invasive than anything Synthia has encountered before. An insidious artificial intelligence she can’t identify, can’t control, and appears much smarter than her seeks to use her to escape …
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I read Reborn and Unbound, the first two books in this series and knew that I like Lance Erlick’s writing, so I was happy to read this book.
Emergent is about Synthia, an AI who was developed by Dr. Jeremiah Machten. Synthia got away from Machten, who was keeping her prisoner, and she has been on the run ever since. Everyone wants to get their hands on her!
The characters are well developed, and Synthia often seems more human that the humans. She’s continued to evolve on her own, continuously working on her directives trying to figure out what they should be. Synthia knows that if others like her are developed, that artificial intelligence will take over the world. That is something she wants to avoid.
I recommend Emergent to anyone who likes science fiction about artificial intelligence. I don’t think it would be an easy book to read on its own, so I recommend reading the first two books first. It takes me a little while to get into these books, but once I get into them, they keep my interest. Emergent has love, action, suspense, and a warning of what could happen if we continue to develop artificial intelligence.
About the Author
adult readers. His father was an aerospace engineer who moved often
while working on science-related projects, including the original GPS
satellites. As a result, Lance spent his childhood in California, the
East Coast, and Europe. He took to science fiction stories to escape
life on the move, turning to Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, and others.
In college he studied physics, but migrated to political science,
earning his BS and MBA at Indiana University. He has also studied
writing at Ball State, the University of Iowa, and Northwestern
University. He is the author of Xenogeneic: First Contact and the
Rebel and Regina Shen series.