Meet Emily – she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind’s deepest secrets and even fix your truck’s air con, but unfortunately, she can’t restart the Sun.
She’s an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.
So, her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome. But before her solution can be tested, her lab is brutally attacked, and Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions – college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra.
As the sun’s death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. But before long it becomes clear that it’s not only the species at stake, but also that which makes us most human.
This was an enjoyable little dystopian sci-fi romp. It kept me entertained and didn’t require too much knowledge on my behalf.
Emily is an artificial consciousness (not AI) who has been developed primarily as a therapist, shes a very effective one, being able to enter peoples memories to guide them through the trauma they remember and point them on the right path. Emily’s creator Nathan wants her to learn to be as Human as possible so she showers, dresses, eats and ‘walks’ across campus (with a 15 second delay to her processors)
Unfortunately for everyone though the end of the World is fast approaching, the sun is dying and the race is on to find a way to save Humanity. Nathan and his team have one way and another team disagree. It quickly turns violent with Emily as the wanted prize.
All in all this book was a fun romp although Emily evolved rather quickly at points and some of her actions were highly unethical and rather creepy. Great if you went with it and didn’t overthink it too much!
With thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley for a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Emily Eternal is published 9th April 2019