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Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky To fix the world they first must break it further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose. There is so much to love in Service Model, but one of the things I most love about it is the peculiar blend of charming innocence and insightful cynicism. Uncharles the domestic robot is such a simple soul (though he would state that he has no soul and this is an inaccurate description). He approaches the end of the world with optimism and hope, or whatever equivalent to these emotions h

Review - Dark Matter: Evolution by Teri Terry

Review - Dark Matter: Evolution by Teri Terry

Shay has followed Xander and joined his mysterious scientific cult at their remote Scottish compound. She's desperately searching for Callie, who went missing before the start of the epidemic that kills 95% of cases, and leaves a tiny number of survivors with astonishing new powers.

Can Shay uncover the truth about the origins of the epidemic, find Callie and perhaps even rekindle her relationship with Kai? Or will Xander's grand plans destroy them all for ever?

Morally complex, thrilling and very clever. 

I've enjoyed the whole of this trilogy and Evolution didn't disappoint as it brought the whole thing to an end.

The science has been quite grounded through the first two books, considering the subject matter. I felt like Evolution took it a little further 'out there' at times, but I think it worked within the story and worked as an explanation for the sickness that's been affecting people in different ways.

The POV characters took quite a surprising turn. I definitely missed one of my favourite voices from the earlier two novels, but it played out really effectively. Each POV character got a fair amount of attention, and it never felt like I was being directed away from what I wanted to see.

One of my favourite elements of Teri Terry's writing is the moral complexity and ambiguity, and this was better than ever in Evolution. It was so hard to tell who was right and who was wrong, or even if there was a right or a wrong. Yet despite this complexity, there was a clear bad guy, and a clear heroine. I just wasn't sure how much I agreed or disagreed with their motivations and actions. This grey area makes this trilogy a fascinating one.


Dark Matter: Evolution by Teri Terry is out now, published by Hachette.

I was given a review copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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