Prototype D

  • by Jason D. Morrow
  • Narrated by James Foster
  • 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A hundred years after the world is decimated by nuclear wars, humanity has been reduced to a surviving city of people called Mainlanders. They have food, water, and a wall that separates them from their enemies - the Outlanders.
Branded as savages, the Outlanders have grown in number and their attacks against the city have become more brutal. Increasingly, they threaten to overtake the city, bringing with them the doom and destruction that has plagued mankind for over a century. What the Mainlanders need is a weapon.
Des is the first robot created with a full range of human emotions. His reasoning skills and thought processes will make it so no human will ever have to step foot on the battlefield again. But when Des realizes his true purpose - to help destroy the Outlanders - he suspects that the real enemies might not be the people he was built to destroy, but those who created him.

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pretty well thought out and believable

Prototype D takes place in the not too distant future where the world has been decimated by nuclear war. Cutting down the population from billions to millions. This new time is much like it was before, the war appears to not have interfered with the progression of technology and the like. It did, however, leave the world divided into two groups. Mainlanders and Outlanders. Take a guess at which group are the outcasts of this new society.

Starting off with a completely engrossing first couple chapters, introducing us to Prototype D. Who happens to be the fourth try from the Mainlanders to create artificially intelligent mechanized military warriors. “D” was programmed so well that he found himself paralyzed by fear during the training session. The programmer, Dez, was very happy about this yet the military, her employer, was not. Onward to Prototype E, who must not feel fear.

From here the story expands into the role of the Outlanders. The reasoning for wanting to create the robots to wipe out the Outlanders was not very clear. Nor was the back story of what happened to get society to where it is. There is a lot more that happens, but I do not want to spoil anything for you.

Where Morrow succeeded is in exploring the ethics behind artificial intelligence, and at what point does it become real intelligence, in a way that will be approachable for most. The strife that must be endured by a demonized or prejudiced people. The silent war that happens in a society where this is allowed to happen.

Bottom line Prototype D is a pretty well thought out and believable political science fiction story that will make you think a little bit and will not bombard you with too much technical jargon.

James Foster’s performance here was good. He told the story in a crisp and clear manner. Creating slightly different voices, as he normally does, for the different characters. But there was something missing and I cannot put my finger on it. Maybe he just wasn’t feeling the story while he was recording. This did not detract from the story, although the audiobook experience could have been better. And I only say this because I have heard the fire in Foster’s voice before.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

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Loved this!!!

There seems to be a lot of robot books popping up lately but I'm so glad I started with this one. It. Was. Awesome!!!

Prototype D is about a girl, Hazel, who programmes robots with intelligence and a range of human emotions. Prototype D is one such Robot. It starts with Robot D thrown into a simulation to test his abilities, but the commander of the army isn't happy that Prototype D can feel fear and he wants the programmer to eradicate fear in the robots so that they can kill the outlanders. Hazel doesn't want to do it but doesn't have a choice either, thus Prototype E is born. He is the ultimate weapon but Hazel isn't happy because she learns some astounding news about the outlanders. They aren't how they are portrayed to the mainanders. How can her and Prototype D stop the ultimate robot?

I loved Prototype D, aka Des. He battles with his feelings but with a robot attitude. I absolutely loved seeing the story through his POV as well. We also get to see it through Prototype E POV, which is completely different than Des. Des seems more human but E is all robot.

The plot was fast paced and entertaining. Right from the start we are drawn into book and not let go till the end, even then, you don't want it to end. I really hope we see more from these characters, robots included, soon!!

In all, an engaging and addictive read. The world building was amazing, as was the character development. I need to check out the authors other books!

James Foster is one of my favourite narrators. He has such an amazing range of tones and voices and he always does a flawless performance. His voice is easy to listen to and he always draws me into the story. Listening to him bring the story alive is like watching a movie in your head.

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*
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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-18-2015
  • Publisher: Jason D. Morrow