Monday, July 4, 2016

Audio Book Review: Silicon Man

Silicon Man

By:  William Massa

Publish Date:  February 20, 2014, Audiobook March 25, 2016

Format:  Audiobook - 4 hrs 40 mins
Narrated By:  Joe Hempel

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  1st in Silicon World series; Novella 0 ~ Silicon Dawn

Impression:  Andriods in the world and how things change with perspective.

To infiltrate the robot rebellion...
One man must become a machine.

A global pandemic has cut the human population in half. An android workforce fills the void left by the devastation. But some of the AIs have grown tired of being slaves. Some want freedom. An underground movement of runaways has sprung up and wages a shadow war with a simple objective -- equal rights for artificial people.

As head of the elite AI-TAC squad, Commander Cole Marsalis' job is to hunt down rogue robots. Now he has been tasked with the ultimate undercover mission -- infiltrate the android underground. But to do so, he will have to become that which he hates the most... A machine!

First Sentence:
Cara was nursing the infant nestled in her arms when the high-pitched whine of ramjets assaulted the air.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I requested a copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

Mech malfunctions are at an all time high. Instead of focusing on the programmers, Commander Cole Marsalis is leading the soldiers who are dealing with the androids that feel they can do better than humans at their jobs or caring for children. Cole notices the little things when tracking and fighting these AIs. They could easily kill, but don't. Could they be holding back? Why? In order to hunt down the leader of the Underground Network helping AIs escape, what will it take to convince a man to go undercover as what he hates. A machine. Cole is shown that door, and given the chance to hunt down the mech that ruined his life.

Joe is back with the first book in the series. He narrated the prequel to the series as well. Joe voices the characters with different emotional feelings. He fits right in to Cole's personality. I could see, with the projection of Cole's 'voice', he walks with a strong presence and belief in him. It got to the point that I didn't realize Joe was narrating the story as I was caught in William's writing and needed to keep up with what was happening. That's a plus!

Androids are growing in free will and choices in them, but still slaves and property to the world. This is a new twist on slavery with mechanicals who are not to have a conscious mind of their own. There are those who are supporters of the AIs on the run, collaborators believing they are helping androids like slaves were freed years ago. But Cole and others don't see the AIs as having a conscious mind and humanity like slaves of the past. They are created to do as told.

Oh the technology that's used in this book. Nice. We did see glimpses of what was hinted at in Silicon Dawn. It's refined and used here, but in a different fashion. And I like it! Cole is about to become what he hates. And hates with good reason. But now he gets a chance to stop who, or what, had broken his heart when his family died.

William keeps the world as a whole in the picture as he tells the story. There are different views on Mechanicals in different areas of the world. Japan has signed a bill granting mechanicals rights like humans, causing escaping AIs to flee out of the country to Japan and other sympathizer areas. This keeps the picture at a full scale instead of narrowing in on only our people and one place. It leaves a feel that there is more to play with in future stories. And with the end of this book, it could end here but there could be more stories built and I'm hoping so.

You know Cole'll come around to feeling sympathetic for the AIs, he has to right? There is a twist to this. He does, but he doesn't. lol. You have to read the story to understand, it's easy to pick out as you go and such a cool ending. As we go through the story we see his reason for being the way he is and history, but also seeing a touch of feeling from an AI in the beginning. There is a balance drawn for us that we got to experience both. I like that William chose to start with us feeling for an android at the beginning then switching to the strong feelings Cole has toward them. It gives us a sympathy for them first. But we also see there is a part in Cole that questions what he's seeing - could there be more there?

I really like how William brings the world alive as Cole and others live in it. There is true interaction with the world and creation to the story and plot. We get a wide view of the way things are with and for the mechs.

I'm hoping for more stories in this world. I will be watching for them!

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Blodeuedd said...

It sounds like a great one

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

These stories are the reason why I never think that AIs are a good choice to build. LOL This one does sound interesting and would increase my AI anxiety. :D

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a really intriguing series - thank you for a thorough review:)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Blodeuedd, I did enjoy this one, and I really like how the author has a few twists in it that I didn't see coming, but are perfect and fit the story.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

lol. Melissa (B&T) I HEAR YA! Lol. All these movies and books, it really seems as it could happen!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you! I really enjoyed all the aspects of this one. Hope you get to try it one day, sjhigbee. :)