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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  440 ratings  ·  87 reviews
It was supposed to be an easy job: find the Dark Star Revolution Starships, destroy them, and go home. But a booby-trapped vessel decimates the Meridian Alliance fleet, leaving Serengeti-a Valkyrie class warship with a sentient AI brain-on her own; wrecked and abandoned in an empty expanse of space. On the edge of total failure, Serengeti thinks only of her crew. She herds ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published February 5th 2016 by Severed Press
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J.B. Rockwell A random line that came to me on the edge of sleeping: She dreamed of dying--of dying, but never of death. I wrote that down in my notebook and though…moreA random line that came to me on the edge of sleeping: She dreamed of dying--of dying, but never of death. I wrote that down in my notebook and thought on it a while and eventually I came up with the idea of a wrecked AI warship abandoned in the depths of space. SERENGETI actually started out as a short story but I liked it so much I expanded it and added characters until--voila!--a book!(less)

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Jan 22, 2019 added it
Shelves: sci-fi
I quit reading this around the 65% mark. I could have plodded on until the end as this was not awful but it was dull and becoming a bit of a chore to pick up so I decided to quit and just move onto a new, potentially more exciting, read!

I liked the idea behind this story. It was the tale of a sentient AI ship told from the POV of the ship! It started OK with the ship managing her crew but soon got a bit dull as they got caught up in a lengthy space battle. It was downhill from there as the ship
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a different and interesting story. Serengeti is a Valkyrie class Warship with a sentient AI brain. The AI ships are special. Their personality depends on the kind of spaceship they are in. They have complete authority over the captain.

Serengeti belongs to the Meridian Alliance fleet and they are at war with the Dark Star Revolution fleet. The two fleets have a battle and Serengeti is badly damaged and is on the edge of total failure. She was unable to evacuate her human cryogenically fro
Michael Stewart
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fresh, poignant, unexpected. This is not a shoot ‘em up adventure. It is a story of love, sacrifice, and perseverance. I loved how it threatened my suspension of disbelief and then captured me wholly. Well done; I hope this is only act one.
The Grim Reader
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sci-Fi is a genre that I don't boldy go into very often (see what I did there?!) Serengeti is a tale about survival. When the crew of a ship badly damaged during a fire fight a put into cryogenic stasis the artificial intelligence assumes control of the ship. Scavengers board the ship in an attempt to strip it but come up against an A.I. that has a deep affection for her crew and will stop at nothing to protect them. A Well-paced, fun read, Serengeti is not hard Sci-Fi, but it is a good book. 4 ...more
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Jun 06, 2016 added it
any author who can make me as invested in 2 robots as this book did deserves all the success and awards that can be heaped upon them
Apr 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
The irrational representation of the AI was a constant distraction.
Sci-Fi & Scary
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, I never thought I’d read a story where the whole first third of it was one massive battle, and walk away saying I liked it. I have a short attention span, so protracted scenes tend to make me wander off. However, the action in J.B. Rockwell’s Serengeti was interesting enough that it kept my attention glued to it. I read it while taking a bubble bath, whilst walking through the house, etc. And when things calmed down (and they do calm way down), I happily kept reading it.

Serengeti is one part
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that I've finished listening to Serengeti I've come to two conclusions; one, I don't know how to rate it (although I'll probably work through that in this review), and second, the two major points of the story was, in a way, completely opposite from the other. What I mean is that the story started off one way with high intensity, and yes that in itself helped in forming the way it ended, but the ending was on a completely different atmosphere and storyline.

Serengeti starts off where there's
Heather Fleet
So not my normal genre. But OMG the feels. loved it! Full review to come.

So here's the thing. I only read romance. Like, it's the peanut butter to my jelly. BUT Ms. Rockwell (who I affectionately refer to as the other peanut butter to my jelly in life) drew me into this story after I worked with her on a writing contest. To be honest, I was petrified of reading this. Not because I didn't think it was badly written, but because I went into it thinking: Okay. Space ships. Outer space. Stuff I don'
K.C. Shaw
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I loved this one! The main character is a battle starship's AI, but while that might make you think of a militant HAL-type computer, Serengeti is anything but. She cares for her crew--human and robot--and will do anything to protect them, even if it means she might die.

The story is wonderfully different. At times it's action-packed and suspenseful, other times contemplative, but it's always warm and hopeful--even at the end when I kept having to blink back tears. I really hope there's a sequel!
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Serengeti was one of those rare novels that you wait for years to encounter. And when you finally do come across one, you`re admitted to an author`s fascinating vision, one that you`ll remember for a long time afterwards.

Serengeti is basically about an Interstellar Spaceship, one containing, one being, an Artificial Intelligence. She was created as a vehicle of War - the usual harbringer of technologically advancements. And though Serengeti was an AI, she still had to work with a Captain and Cr
Don Dunham
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Wal-E in The Space Marines.... except Wal-E was amazing on multiple levels and Sarengeti is like sifting through a catch-all drawer, there are tasty bits mixed in with expired fast food coupons. One too many cutsy, shy robot scenes for my taste but a fully imagined AI component that could really have been something good.
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Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
3.5 stars

This was a pretty enjoyable AI ship story.

Ray Charles could've seen that trap coming.

The narration was well done. I like the idea of the AI having a sweet English accent.

Update: I decided to do a relisten now that I have the sequel and prequel. Held up to a second listen.
Nancy A. Dennis
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am not a computer person, etc... but this story brought me to tears! You get attached to the characters! Especially the AI! It has a heart! Loved it. A must read!
Feb 29, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
N.A. Granger
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is not your usual sci-fi outing. For those who were anticipating something hard-core, it will disappoint. For me, the humanity of the main character (an Artificial Intelligence or AI) and her two sidekick robots were the compelling draw.
The Meridian Alliance battle fleet is tasked with finding and destroying the ship of the Dark Star Revolution, which have been attacking Alliance members and with whom they have had a decades-long war. The ships constituting the Meridian Alliance fleet
There’s an old joke that goes, “The food here is terrible! And the portions are too small!”

Yeah, that.

This is basically Wall-E on a sentient spaceship. It is neither fish nor fowl, which is not a bad thing in and of itself, but it starts off as a rip-roaring Space Opera and then becomes an extended napfest as the titular AI goes to sleep and wakes up every few years. No idea what the point of that was, and the promises made in the first half are not kept in the second. Very dissatisfying. Hence
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting and unexpected. Initially, I thought it was military SF. But ultimately the story concentrates on the mind-life of a ship's AI as it struggles to survive (along with the cryogenically frozen remaining crew members) in the wake of a battle. The story drags occasionally, but that slowness arises from and reflects the long, long time period over which the story takes place. A really nice book. ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A ship and crew become damaged in a huge space battle and then become lost in the retreat, with only the AI and some robots left to preserve the survivors until help arrives. Good story, although a little slow at times.
Linda Seward
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Masterful storytelling and unique perspective made this a real pleasure.
Jesse Deleon
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer crying for 2017!

Thank you J.B. Rockwell for this first book of the series. The greatest summer crying of my 2017 book list! A fan.
Elena Alvarez Dosil
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
My original Serengeti by J.B. Rockwell audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

The premises of this book were so good. During a battle between the Meridian Alliance and the Dark Star Revolution, Serengeti, a war spaceship, suffers important damages which make her to retreat, but with the bad luck that the ship gets lost and the navigation system breaks down. The few survivors go into the cryogenic pod to be ejected and send a stress signal, but the power failure preve
Doug Clark
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting take on AI.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, ai, sf
Serengeti by J. B. Rockwell Serengeti, complete with AI brain and human crew, is a Valkyrie class warship with the Meridian Alliance fleet. Their task was to analyze the area surrounding the spot where the Meridian Alliance scout ships disappeared during their mission to search out the Dark Star Revolution fleet. However, they find almost nothing of the scout ships, which is disturbing. Then the Meridian Alliance fleet shows up under the command of the AI Brutus. The arrival of the Dark Star Rev ...more
David Brown
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was not what I expected but charming and worth the listen. Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book (audiobook version) in exchange for an honest review.

Serengeti, by J.B. Rockwell, opens with an epic battle, armada against rebel armada. After the first fifty pages (nearly an hour of the audiobook), I realized the pace was diverging from what I've come to expect with such a scene and genre. Rockwell takes her time in unfurling the relationships between the human crew and AI
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
Serengeti is the AI that runs/inhabits a Valkyrie class warship. She and the rest of the fleet of the Meridian Alliance are hunting for ships belonging to the Dark Star Revolution. Sadly, the hunt finds them -- but the DSR ships were waiting for them. The ensuing battle doesn't go well for the Alliance -- and Serengeti barely survives, and the crew aboard her is decimated.

They escape the scene of the battle, but don't end up where they're supposed to be -- and so Serengeti begins her trek to ret
Scott Whitmore
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Featuring an extremely interesting — and very well executed — core concept, and thrilling action scenes, Serengeti by J. B. Rockwell (@Rockwell_JB) is a very satisfying sci-fi read. In fact, it’s more like two great reads, which I’ll elaborate on below.

First up, that interesting concept: the story’s protagonist is Serengeti, a sentient Artificial Intelligence, or AI. Serengeti’s “crystal matrix” mind controls a heavily-armed space warship, which shares the AI’s name. There is a human crew onboar
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very science fictional, but then again, it’s also more humanistic than most science fiction books.

First off, “Serengeti”, is a space ship or rather a warship. She is also the AI that is the ship. We’ve seen this before in the old Star Trek shows were the “computer” is omnipresent, always waiting to answer questions or warn the crew of imminent dangers. Serengeti is that and more. The writer has imbued her with also human concerns and feelings. That right there changes the whole com
Steven Poore
On the surface a complete departure from JB Rockwell's previous Breakshield fantasies, Serengeti actually continues and develops the themes of persisting and holding onto life and slender hopes that were deep at the heart of Breakshield. This time it is the AI Serengeti herself that struggles to survive over several decades, near-mortally damaged after a massive battle that takes up the first chapters of the book. And it's the ship's repair robots that persist and hold onto hope over those decad ...more
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J.B. Rockwell is a New Englander, which is important to note because it means she's (a) hard headed, (b) frequently stubborn, and (c) prone to fits of snarky sarcasticness. As a kid she subsisted on a steady diet of fairy tales, folklore, mythology augmented by generous helpings of science fiction and fantasy. As a quasi-adult she dreamed of being the next Indiana Jones and even pursued (and earne ...more

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