Series: Emeralis Synth Chronicles #2
Published by BHC Press on July 23, 2020
Genres: Science Fiction
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Will synthetic intelligence evolve to reflect the best or worst of their creators?
Ravenhawk, Cybercorps Corporations rogue synthetic creation, and Viktor Chernovich, a renegade pure human, have joined a secret society known as Caïssa’s Gambit to fight corrupt corporations and a government corrupted by those corporations to protect society from collapse. But another threat, once considered a mere philosophical possibility, lurks behind it all that if mishandled, could spell the end of both human and synthetic futures.
I have mixed feelings about Bishop to Queen by Lexy Wolfe. I didn’t know it was the second in the series until I started to get this post ready. I did feel like this worked fine as a stand-alone and given the beginning and end of this one, I do wonder how the first fit in, but don’t think I’ll bother going back to read it.
On the one hand, I enjoyed reading Bishop to Queen. I flew through it and maybe put off doing some work to read it instead. It was a fun book that moved along at a good pace. The characters were interesting and amusing if slightly one-dimensional. The idea of what makes a being human and what makes someone “good,” while not a new topic in sci-fi, was explored well here.
There were a couple of things I didn’t like about the book too. First, as I mentioned, the characters were not a multi-dimensional as I could wish and the dialogue was stilted at times. The climax of the story was a bit of a let-down; it just wasn’t as exciting as it could have been. And the reveal was just too obvious. The story had a lot of potential, but didn’t quite live up to its promise for me.