Friday, December 28, 2012
Author: C.L. Davies
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Automaton is a futuristic book where everyday people escape by watching/playing a game. GameWorld has AI (artificial intelligence aka robot) players that think they are humans living their normal life. They have no clue that people control them, or even that they are not really human beings. Most people allow their characters to have free will, but they are able to override that by typing in commands which are relayed via a sleep mask while the AI people "sleep". The idea behind the book is kind of scary considering this could easily happen in the future with the way technology is going.
Automaton revolves around several different people, both in real life and in GameWorld. Lily and Dean are the AI characters in GameWorld. They are what seems to be a young couple in love.
Dean's controller, Luke, normally doesn't interfere with his character's life. Slightly bored one day and wanting to mix things up, Luke tells Dean to have an affair. Unable to control his actions, Dean does as he is told but doesn't understand why he cannot change his path.
Lily's controller, Amelia has had her character since she was a little girl. Amelia is very attached to Lily and thinks of her as a sister. Horrified by Dean's affair, Amelia looks for information on Dean's controller to exact her revenge. She manages to snag a date with Luke and I wasn't sure if she would fall in love or get her revenge.
Automaton is a quick read that kept my interest from page one. The plot is well thought out and left me guessing on what might happen next. Automaton reminded me slightly of a mash up of the TV show Caprica, and the video game The Sims. I cannot wait to read another book by C.L. Davies.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.