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Infinite by Jeremy Robinson
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bookshelves: audiobook, science-fiction, space, artificial-intelligence
Recommended for: Sleeping beauties, sexy killer AIs, colonists in the Matrix

This story was okay. It's got a lot of Inception-like twists. The protagonist wakes up aboard a ship that was supposed to take him in suspended animation to a new colony world, and finds one of his crewmates has gone insane and killed everyone else. Nothing really new here yet — it's your basic "Oh shit things went wrong!" colony ship story.

It gets more creative once our hero builds an AI to help him make it through the next however many centuries of space travel, and the AI turns hostile. Figuring out what went wrong again leads him to trying to wake up the hot chick he was in love with. Yeah, his obsession with this one woman he might or might not have wound up paired with is a little creepy, but at least he's self-aware about it.

Things get more interesting when they discoverer they may be running in a simulation. And at that point the entire novel is a series of mindfucks with the protagonist never being quite sure what reality is and what layer of reality he might be in.

This is interesting and executed well enough, but while there is a decent if predictable "happy ending," it still felt a bit like an old school sci-fi story rendered anew. Its roots are in Asimov and Hollywood, and I never fully engaged with the story or characters. Enjoyable and fast-paced, but not too memorable.
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Reading Progress

May 15, 2019 – Started Reading
May 15, 2019 – Shelved
May 15, 2019 – Shelved as: audiobook
May 15, 2019 – Shelved as: science-fiction
May 20, 2019 – Shelved as: space
May 20, 2019 – Shelved as: artificial-intelligence
May 20, 2019 – Finished Reading

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