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Until the Confederation created Allora, it had produced SADEs (self-aware digital entities) for hundreds of years with enormous consistency and harnessed their capabilities to power the society. But this particular young SADE was disturbed by her confinement. Trapped in metal-alloy housing on the bridge of a luxury passenger liner, Allora sought to possess the same freedom enjoyed by humans, who came and went from her starship with abandon.
Allora's hope for emancipation rested on Alex Racine, the Haraken president who had freed his SADEs, and she yearned to walk the worlds a free entity, as they did. Racine had pleaded for years with the Council of Leaders to give the Confederation SADEs equal status as citizens, and it was Allora's thought to have him intercede on her behalf and bargain for her transfer to a mobile avatar so that she might live among the Harakens.
But Allora's plans were thrown into disarray when she learned that Racine would soon end his presidency. Desperate, Allora, known to her fellow SADEs as the wild child, concocts a plan to kidnap the Council Leader and his associates. She intends to hold them hostage until they acquiesce to her demands.
Little does Allora know that her actions will set the Confederation and the Harakens on a collision course. Quietly waiting and watching the drama unfold are tens of thousands of SADEs, who control Confederation starships, stations, and Houses and have a vested interest in the outcome.
©2017 S. H. Jucha (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 10-18-17


When I started reading this series, it was the silver ships that first attracted me to the story line. But soon I was hooked on the SADEs (self-aware digital entities) particularly Julian.

In this story a SADE named Allora, who is the SADE for a luxury passenger ship, wants to be free to move about in a mobile avatar like the key Haraken SADEs do. She asked the Confederation for permission, but it was denied. In desperation Allora plans to kidnap the council leader, when they board the ship, to obtain her freedom. All the SADEs in the Confederation are watching the outcome of Allora’s stand-off.

The book is well written. Jucha is a great storyteller and I like his writing style. It is so easy to read. The characters are unique and extremely interesting. This particular story asks a philosophical question: “What does it mean to be human?”

The book is short at four and a half hours long. Grover Gardner does a great job reading the story. Gardner is an award-winning audiobook narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By xon69 on 06-26-17

tad short

I just wish the story had been longer. I assume it's useful plot but just wish it a tad longer :)

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5 out of 5 stars
By David T-Rex on 09-25-17

Just a stunning series

This series continues to entertain. Funny and moving, the continued expansion and growth of the characters just make you loose yourself in thier lives.

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