Book Review: The Expert System’s Brother (Expert System #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (four stars)
I was on the brink of a world that contained so much more than I ever knew, and everything was terror. Then everything was wonder.
Excellent science fiction coming-of-age tale set in a dystopic world which seems to reject its human inhabitants. Handry isn’t quite ready to become an adult member of his community when he finds himself thrust from it. His savior may be worse than what he was saved from. Plenty of social commentary.
The revelation shook me. Sharskin and the ghosts were no different, save in who benefitted.
Self-depreciating narrator still manages to be unreliable, a la Holden Caulfield (but without the trash talk). Though told in retrospect, Handry doesn’t spill the beans too soon—allowing attentive readers to figure out what’s going on for themselves. Good job.
It is a great poison, to know you have a destiny and that everything you do is right by default.
Sounds like it’ll be a good read! Thanks.