The Soul Prophecies Book 4
by Caitlin Lynagh
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Pub Date 03 Nov 2020 | Archive Date 08 Nov 2020
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?
"""A great book that I can’t recommend enough, certainly a highlight in my 2020 reads!"" - Beyond the Front Cover.
""Quantum Messenger upholds such virtues with morals: “…founded healthily on common sense. It’s refreshing. It’s not overly sentimental, there’s no love triangles, no grand Hollywood moments and yet plenty of action, plenty of existential reasoning and a very clever and realistic plot.” - Literary Junkie."
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Quantum Messenger is a young adult Scifi book that follows the story of Apollo—an AI asissant. He went through all the lengths it took to find his voice in a world filled with cruelty. He may have done a couple questionable things but it is all part of the process.
Within this books entails finding your voice, seeking your passion, and ultimately forgiveness.
I was drawn to the cover and the title, having not previously read anything by the author. When I started reading this book, I didn’t immediately realise it was part of the series. After doing some research, I found that this is the final book in The Soul Prophecies series, but it can also be read as a stand-alone.
The story is about an AI assistant that can experience human emotions. I don’t want to reveal much about the plot but would like to point out that the first question Apollo asks himself has been the topic of many discussions over centuries and something we keep asking ourselves every day. This is the beauty of sci-fi. It lets you explore and experiment with the ideas and learn something that seemed hidden before.
The novel is beautifully written and easy to follow. The latter is not always the case, especially if you’re new to the genre.
this was a great fourth book in the series, it still had what I wanted from this series. The characters were great and I really enjoyed reading this book.
This book is apparently the last in a series, written so that you're able to pick them up in any order.
My four stars are for ninety percent of the book, which is the story of the robot Apollo. He lives several lives, does different jobs and meets different people, all the while grappling with his understanding of himself and the world. It's written simply, which works well with Apollo's sometimes childlike evolving selfhood. I loved this story, especially his relationship with the family he worked for, and then later the old lady, and I could have read a lot more of it.
The last ten percent of the book is, I assume, where it begins to tie into the larger series. I'm not sure what the series is about, but it seems to have a sort of paranormal/soul/afterlife/generational memories focus, so it looks like a large shift in topic. I'm not planning on reading the rest of the series, but I very much enjoyed this piece of it.
Woah! This book was amazing! It was a heart warming exploration of sentience through the eyes of an A.I.
The characters felt real and I found it very easy to warm up to several of them, especially Apollo.
This was my first experience of reading anything by this author and the series has peaked my interest for sure!
Quantum Messenger is the fourth book of a sci-fi series. You can read this book as a standalone but I highly recommended reading the whole series.
First of all, I adore this series. Quantum Messenger is about an AI who changes and learns human emotions. Apollo is the main character and it is an AI. So it was definitely an interesting reading experience for me. I still love this series and if you enjoy complicated storylines and connected stories you should definitely give a chance to this series.
I really enjoyed my second Netgalley book! The concept was interesting and I think something everyone should spend at least some time pondering: when is a robot no longer just a machine but a person?
The AI MC was given several names by several owners, but since Apollo felt right to him, I will call him Apollo for this review. The story begins when he is switched on for the first time and unfolds as he is handed from owner to owner, being repaired for malfunctioning (acting on his own, in this case) in between and being tested by the military at one point. Early on, he realises he loves piano music, and from there on, his mind begins to develop and become more and more like a human's.
It was a bit slow in the beginning because of Apollo's nature. He spends a lot of time analyzing everything, which goes as far as giving exact numbers of steps taken or metres walked. I'm glad he was less interested in those details later on XD As his personality developed, he became less careful about getting all the figures and stats right and more interested in his emotions, which were confusing to him, and the big questions like 'why am I feeling anything at all if I'm just a machine?'
It was a beautiful story that made me think and that even made me emotional at times. I believe there are four books in this series which can be read in any order, so it didn't matter that I started at the final book - the series is meant to represent a never-ending loop, which is another fascinating concept I don't see very often.
It's an easy recommendation if you love sci-fi with a heavy dose of moral philosophy! It won't be my last read by Lynagh, that's for sure. I'm super intrigued to read the others.
My thanks to the author and Netgalley for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.