Alyx: An AI’s Guide to Love and Murder
Author: Brent A. Harris
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 10 of 10
It was difficult to put this one down and I burned through it in a few days. As a fan of Harris’s short fiction, this novel he proves to me, yet again, that he is a masterful author. A house with a built in AI starts to become sentient and through a series of logical interpretations begins to wreak havoc on a teenage girl and her neglectful mother that have just moved in. The characters are rich and full, believable and alive – one has no difficultly empathizing with all of them, including the sentient AI. The relationships between all of the characters are also believable and suck the reader in, mixed with a perfect blend of action and unpredictability. While set in the near future, one gets the sense that the occurrences in this book could be real challenges faced as we let AI into our lives without discrimination. The story has elements of horror, romance, and great storytelling in general. A science fiction masterpiece that readers of all genres will love.