A Novel

paperback, 304 pages

Published Sept. 4, 2018 by Tor Books.

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5 stars (2 reviews)

Autonomous features a rakish female pharmaceutical pirate named Jack who traverses the world in her own submarine. A notorious anti-patent scientist who has styled herself as a Robin Hood heroine fighting to bring cheap drugs to the poor, Jack’s latest drug is leaving a trail of lethal overdoses across what used to be North America—a drug that compels people to become addicted to their work.

On Jack’s trail are an unlikely pair: an emotionally shut-down military agent and his partner, Paladin, a young military robot, who fall in love against all expectations. Autonomous alternates between the activities of Jack and her co-conspirators, and Elias and Paladin, as they all race to stop a bizarre drug epidemic that is tearing apart lives, causing trains to crash, and flooding New York City.

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5 stars

Fascinating sci-fi that discusses Artificial Intelligence, bio-hacking, patents, human-bot relationships, and piracy. It had that Asimov’s feel making me wonder about robots programming and how they could develop consciousness and feelings. I felt empathy for all the characters even the evil ones! Although there’s no good versus evil. It’s more like everybody’s doing what they believe is right and the arguments are all valid.

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