TITLE: Quantum Messenger
AUTHOR: Caitlin Lynagh
PUBLISHED: November 3rd 2020
I received an eARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. My thanks to Emma at Outlet Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this title.
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*Synopsis taken from Goodreads*
If Artificial Intelligence developed a soul, what would it do? Where would it go? And after life, could it help the dead guide the living? Apollo is the first of its kind – an AI Assistant who, along with millions of other robots, will help transform workplaces and households. Over a few short years, Apollo learns the wonders and cruelties of mankind. He rewrites his internal programming so that his responses and personal thoughts can be independent. He befriends, then betrays a child and has to learn about love in its purest sense. Apollo cultivates passions, pride, anger, sadness and ultimately forgiveness, all under the watchful eye of a being he can’t quite fathom out. Is it something beyond his very being, or could it be his own conscience?
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Quantum Messenger is the final book (number four) in The Soul Prophecies series. I was fortunate enough to read and review an ARC copy of Lost Frequencies (another book in the series) last year, which you can find my review for here. As was the case with that title this one can also be read as a stand-alone book. I really enjoy books that are part of a series but which don’t carry any obligation to read each title in order to understand what is going on. Therefore, the fact that this author connects her titles by theme is great in my opinion because it allows the freedom to read what you want, when you want. However, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to read every title and I’ll explain why.
But first can I just acknowledge the cover?! Such a beautiful design, an arresting image, and perfectly complimented by the colour scheme. The clinical white really encompasses the cold, devoid of emotion nature that one would associate with AI. As I said above I have read another title in the series and that was enough to convince me to read this one, but if I had needed any additional persuading then the cover definitely provides that!
Now, onto the story itself. It centres around Apollo, a robot (one of many) that has been created to assist humankind in all manner of ways. Only this particular Apollo appears to be somewhat different to the others, and in a fundamental way. This Apollo feels things that the others do not, he doesn’t understand it all himself and so this book is his story and his journey as he navigates through everything.
I really enjoyed this book, in fact I would go as far as to say I even enjoyed it a little more than Lost Frequencies which I didn’t expect to be the case when I read the synopsis. I think the reason I liked it so much is because I do enjoy a story that makes me uncomfortable, and by this I mean a story that presents a pretty frightening reality that doesn’t currently exist but really could one day. When you consider the advancements that technology has made already, and the many projects that are being undertaken as we speak, it is easy to imagine a world with many Apollos running around. It is also not as much of stretch as it perhaps was before to imagine one or two of those Apollos going rogue, with capabilities that could bring harm to the human race. It’s certainly a topic that can spark many discussions and this book lends itself to that well.
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Another positive for me was the world that the author created, her description is beautiful and serves to paint so clear a picture. Not that I felt dictated to, far from it, I was in control as the reader, she just gave me the tools to make the process effortless.
Quantum Messenger features relatively short chapters and I think this was just right, it meant everything flowed well at a speed that made sense, and of course resulted in the decision of ‘one more chapter before bed’ being made on more than one occasion! I took my time reading this, but only because I was reading quite a few other books at the same time and was attempting to devote equal time to all of them. Had this not been the case I could’ve easily finished it in only a couple of evenings.
I don’t have anything negative to say about this book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It’s marketed as being young adult science fiction and I would say that’s an accurate representation. It’s certainly a book that could appeal to the older reader also, so if you don’t usually go for young adult literature then don’t let this put you off!
I would particularly recommend this title to those that are just dipping their toe into the science fiction pool, because it’s easy to understand, meaning it can provide an introduction to the world without feeling overwhelming.
Overall, a great book that I can’t recommend enough, certainly a highlight in my 2020 reads!
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MY RATING: 4.5/5
What are your thoughts? Do you think that you will read this one?
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!