Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for forty years now, looking for habitable planets. But that’s the only part of the plan that’s still in one piece. A system-wide war has killed off 99.9% of the human race; a radical group wants to finish the job on the remnants of humanity; And the Bobs have discovered a spacefaring species that considers all other life as food.
Author: Dennis E. Taylor
Category: Science Fiction
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017
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Our story starts after the events of the last book, We Are Legion. The Bobs have begun to colonize other planets with the humans from earth. They face other alien species that threaten to destroy all in their path, including what little is left of humanity.
There seemed to be so many Bobs in the first book that it got a little bit difficult to keep up with them, especially considering they were all told in first person perspective. In this book, with the knowledge of bobnet having reached all bobs so they can communicate instantly rather than having to deal with the limitations of communication over spacetime, all theses plotlines began to converge at last.
The space exploration, while there is less of it than in the last book, was still interesting. They find a planet that is all ocean with no land that they rightly name Poseidon with ocean life that can get enormous in size (krakens!). There is a planet with raptor-like creatures, another with deadly insects. For us sci-fi nerds, it is so exciting to get to explore all these other planets with their possibilities and their possibly problems.
As there are more and more generations of Bobs being created it is interesting to see how the personalities of the new Bobs begin to change. They begin to start thinking of humanity differently, while they don’t act like robots by any means they do seem to start losing their own humanity, and there also seems to be the beginning of hero-worshiping of the original Bob. This word is going to be used so many times in this review but it was all just so cool and so much fun to read.
In our review of We Are Legion (the first book in this series) we mentioned that in that book the author makes the statement that science fiction novels can get hand wavy with the science. While the first book do a very good job of explaining it’s science (for the most part), it got very hand wavy in this book. This book introduces a androids but the science behind them are not explained at all. Some of the problems that arise on the various planets are brought up and then solved in after-the-fact exposition
That said, it really does not take away from the enjoyment of the novel. What is going on is just so cool that we didn’t really mind it all. If anything, it adds more to the growing complexity that is Bob and his replicants.
The only negative we can give is the book felt incomplete. We know this will be a series but the climax, while exciting, felt like the half way point for this story. Maybe the author had an awkward spot to cut his story, so that next book makes sense. Whatever the reason may be, the story is so much fun and it is sad to see it so short.
I really enjoyed this book and the fact that it was so short kills me. There is a lot the author could have kept exploring. But in reality, he probably has a plan that I am not aware of. He wrote an amazingly fun book anyway. The bobs are all unique and the fact that matter generation of Bob are changing is a scary thought. But a fun one for the future of this series.