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Read the whole series of books from this author and couldn't start listening to the next book quick enough. The flow of the story in each book and from book to book was amazing. Would like to see more from this author.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Herling's The Last Firewall creates a semi-dystopian future where artificial intelligences (AIs) have basically all but superseded humans. In a somewhat implausible short span of time, neural implants (basically having your internet connectivity in your head) and AI technology have advanced such that AIs dominate the economic landscape and humans have been reduced to mostly welfare status. Against this backdrop is one AI with megalomaniacal ambitions, an emerging mob mentality anti-machine backlash, two individuals responsible for much of the state of affairs trying to sort things out, and a young girl with growing strange powers due to a unique instance of neonatal implants.
The sci-fi elements are focused on computer artificial intelligence and direct neural connectivity to online computer systems through physical implants. Some rather inventive ways of perpetrating crimes are presented that foretell future issues. The future societal organizing structure does strain credulity as it's hard to envision how AIs performing "work" instead of humans can invigorate the economy when most of the population is reduced to subsistence living and drug abuse. The plot and pacing are well executed and the story is an enjoyable listen nevertheless.
The narration is well done with a solid range of voices and excellent tone and tenor that matches the pace of the tale.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
So at first I found the storyline quite confusing, I tried to follow along several peoples stories, I did find it hard.
I continued and things progressed fast, each story started to make sense and I gained a good understanding of how the stories related.
The last chapters were exiting and I couldn't turn it off, great story.
a great listen, the second book i have in the series and cant wait to listen to the third.