OK, I’m confused. Here’s a book of five loosely connected short stories. There are some excellent pieces of inventiveness. some of the writing was good, some was very scattered. But no story was told. The cover is attractive, but it has nothing that I can reference to the bits and pieces of story inside.
The characters are very confusing. Part of this is because each short has a different author. Part is because there are far too many characters and we have no idea how they fit into the overall story.
BECAUSE THERE IS NO OVERALL STORY.
There’s a good story here, but no leader
The basic tale is whether an artificial intelligence built on an aborted fetus can become human. I think. The five short really needs a leader, editor or author, to take the story to its conclusion. I kept getting involved in the story and then that thread was dropped cold, and everything started over at some different time, with different characters. It is really a mess.
It’s like a lot of the new TV and movie plots. If there’s no real plot, just make it confusing and everyone will assume they are too dumb to figure it out while being impressed with the complexity. It doesn’t work on TV, in movies, and it doesn’t work here.
Spiritually, I guess it’s Christian
But not really. There’s quite a bit of talk about morals. In fact, there are exciting questions asked. But there are no answers given in this collection. There’s no savior. One hint of the Spirit. It’s as confused spiritually as it is conceptually. That’s not surprising.