"Great for fans of Becky Chambers's A Closed and Common Orbit and Daniel Suarez's Daemon." Booklife.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Shadow is a reluctant god with a broken mind and a death wish. He used to be Thomas Astley-Byron, an affluent young screenwriter whose creativity and idealism saved a world from the brink of collapse. Together with Henry Nowak, an AI expert, Tom created heaven on earth by inventing a Jungian simulated reality that helps humans confront their dark sides. The benevolent manipulation platform turned the two unelected leaders into beloved gods, but now everything is failing. The worlds suffer as a sentimental Tom descends into his own personal hell, becoming the embodiment of everything he despises and a shadow of whom he used to be.His journey from optimistic, joyful Tom to a gloomy Shadow is paved with heartache and sinister interference from emerging technology. Humans and bots fight for his heart, but their aims differ: some want to own it, some to dissect it, and others to end its foolish beat. Still, the biggest threat comes from within-none of the sticky stories that steer Tom's life end well.Who's pulling on Shadow's heartstrings? Are their intentions malign or benign? It's all a matter of perspective, and Shadow has none left.Now, a young goddess-Estelle Ngoie-has been appointed to replace him, and unlike Shadow, Stella takes no prisoners, and her heart bleeds for no one.SERIES THEMESAn epic tale spanning across six days-one per book-and forty past decades of life lived across ten worlds and two universes.Weaving hard sci-fi elements with social commentary and queer romantic suspense, Spiral Worlds explores the nature of consciousness and how it's connected to a not-so-secret ingredient-story. As software consumes the world, intelligence is nothing but the appetizer; the human heart is the main course.If you're looking for perfect heroes and clear villains, move right along. There is no black or white in this story about a contrast-making machine.
Spiral Worlds, 9780645510522, 442pp.
Publication Date: October 18, 2022