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Summary

Artificial intelligence (AI) was nearly mankind’s last invention. AI took off like a rocket, then when it racked up an impressive death toll, it crashed before it could blossom and took most high-tech industries with it. Resistance and fears became deep-set.

Two decades after the infamous Rev. 4.6 incidents, humanity hasn’t quit dreaming of the wealth and power that could be at their fingertips. A new generation of mega corporations rose from the ashes. When one melds a quantum computer to a barely functional mental patient as a PR move, there are those who seek to profit, those who want to destroy it, and Alex.

Alex Sage is a typical college student trying to keep up his grades and, maybe, find a meaningful connection with the fairer sex. Then, an automated semi crashes into his home, killing his family and turning his head into a pincushion in the process.

Alex awakens to find most of his memories gone and an illegal AI hidden in his brain implant. Now the pet project of a tech billionaire and heavily in debt, Alex struggles to stay valuable enough to be kept online. Still grappling with the repercussions of his injuries and threats from a dangerous anti-augmentation political movement, there are no easy answers, and threats loom around every corner. Alex must use whatever resources he can to escape from under the thumb of a ruthless corporation, while keeping those he comes to love safe.

Disclaimer: This book embraces cyberpunk ideology in parts. Expect sex, drugs, and anarchy against the establishment. It embraces an antihero protagonist and is not fade to black.

©2019 Joseph Dale Kuster (P)2020 Joseph Dale Kuster

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  • B. Hopkins
  • 14-02-20

The best SCI-FI I've read all year hands down.

A near future look at the birth of a self aware AI in a alt version of earth where AI has been banned. I honestly never thought that A book could so quickly get me to care about the plight of a AI, The interaction between the AI and the MC is quite unique and provides a lot of plot twists and turns, The book allows the reader to explore the future ramifications of close interpersonal relations between humans and AI while developing the primary plot line. It's well worth a listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-20

good start, and then...

decent start. good premise. and then we got pervy Heinlein wannabe. the last quarter of the book is soft core erotica. I don't mind the subject, but it honestly detracted from the story.

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  • HaveaGoodDay
  • 15-03-20

Really Cool

Great mix of story and Harem. Easy to get deep into emersion with how close to real the book seems.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-20

Really Enjoyed This One

This book was great read from the start & a fun ride. I was pleasently surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The author does some great worldbuilding. Set in the near future when AI, cybernetic implants, & quantum computing is becoming reality. The tech is written in an believable way, while still being fun with it. It's pretty clear he's knowledgable in the subjects, which honestly made it refreshing to read.

The plot is pretty clever. The characters were well done and believable. Each has their imperfections, layers, & motivations which make them interesting. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Swarly
  • 12-02-20

It’s a pretty good book

If you like books about the transition towards a cyberpunk setting and like harem lit you will most likely like this book.

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  • Mack
  • 31-01-20

great story

I love this book hopefully the next one will be just as good if not better keep up the good writing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-21

Fun story, Awesome Narrator.

Listened to the whole thing in a couple sittings. Story had a good flow without out any overly awkward parts to pull you out of it. Fun listen. Liked Melissa's Narration. Hopefully he has the rest of the books recorded to audio as well.

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  • John Pierce
  • 20-08-20

Worth the credit.

This is a great book, narrated very well. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Richard Corcorran
  • 16-08-20

amazing

Amazing start to what should be an amazing series

can we get the world to this point I want an AI in my head already

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  • Marcus
  • 23-07-20

Better than I expected!

I’m not really a sci-fi guy when it comes to harem lit but this was engaging and so interesting. It’s really intriguing to watch how society tries to push a hero toward villainy and why. Very identifiable MC who isn’t too sappy but exudes an intelligent charisma giving more plausibility to the reason for how the harem happens.
My only very tiny complaint is with the narrator in that some of her voices sounded similar and became a little confusing. But I’m talking 4.9 out of 5 honestly, so I rounded up.