Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review: Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears (Singularity Series)


This is a fun little novel about the accidental creation of an Artificial Intelligence at a large internet company and the unintentional consequences that follow.  Avogadro corporation is a Google like company that is pushing the boundaries of what computer technology can do.  While attempting to create a new revolutionary feature for their email platform they accidentally create something that is both very impressive and very difficult to control.

I was very surprised by how much i enjoyed this novel. Although the writing isn't the greatest and the Portland love goes a bit over the top at times, it is still a rather impressive first novel. The plot moves at a nice pace and the character and situations are usually plausible. It also covers some interesting topics in regards to the singularity and the effects it might have on humanity, which gives the reader some great ideas to think about and research further.

My only real complaint is that it is rather short and feels like only half of a novel.  I guess that is to be expected given that it is book one in a series and from what I understand book two continues the story while looking at things from a different perspective   Still, I do feel that this book could have been expended a bit to make it feel more like a real novel and not a novella.

I doubt this book would ever be on top of any "Best Of" list but I think it is still a very enjoyable read and has a very hard to beat price. If you are just looking for an easy to read and interesting scifi novel then this is a great choice.

Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears (Singularity Series)