About the book:
SIMULATION, BY TARA TYLER
Genre: Science-Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: September 7, 2015
Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky
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In 2082, androids are an essential part of daily life. Some are helpful, some would make better toasters, and some are so human-like they’re creepy. Back in Atlanta, Detective Cooper’s latest client has him searching for her boyfriend who she thinks was replaced by a simulation, an illegal clone android. The guy also happens to be a popular new congressman.
To make matters more complicated, Cooper keeps crossing paths with his ex, FBI Agent Geri Harper, as they seem to be looking for the same guy. Cooper knows he’s getting close when Geri is kidnapped, but when she resurfaces in Washington and goes on a killing spree, he knows it isn’t her. Now under suspicion himself, Cooper must find the real Geri to prove her innocence, not to mention hunt down the powerful villain behind it all. Never a dull moment.
About the author:
Tara Tyler started out as a math teacher. After having a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering and living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband.
Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She’s an adventure writer who believes every good story should have a moral, plus a few laughs.
Warning: This review will contain spoilers for “Pop Travel” the first book in this series and possibly a few spoilers for this book. Nothing major for this book, but just in case that was your warning. It will also be a bit more scattered than usual because I’m just going to talk about things that popped (hehe) out at me in one way or another. :-)
Two years after J. L. Cooper helped expose a massive cover up concerning pop travel, he’s still doing the private investigator gig. He and Geri tried dating, and it didn’t work out so well. Geri did manage to get him to move to Atlanta, so he is no longer living in the middle of nowhere. Pop travel is now safe thanks to being offline for a year while Hasan did massive testing and lots of tweaks, but Cooper still prefers to fly rather than pop.
By the way, Geri is a bit of a dork in a few spots. That’s not a bad thing, I actually quite like it, but it’s it so randomly out of place with what else we see in her personality. I can easily see how she and Cooper had issues in their relationship. Something that really bothered me about Geri, though, were the mentions of how important she was while Hasan was fixing the transport stations for pop travel. What?! She’s completely useless with anything science-y in this book, but she was vital to fixing pop travel? How does that make any sense. There was one passage that sort of implied she was there more for security purposes, but it wasn’t explicitly stated and other passages implied that she was actually helping fix the transport stations. Besides, even if she was there for security purposes, wouldn’t there be someone better suited for that job? Like actual body guards? I imagine that she is overqualified for that position…
Speaking of Hasan, he appears again and he’s as hyper-active and bouncy as ever. We meet newcomer Aimee, and she would likely get smacked if I had to deal with her. Actually, Aimee is probably the character most like me if she also imagines killing people behind her happy smile; she’s optimistic, peppy, and smiles constantly. While there aren’t any indications that she’s also dark on the inside, I’m hoping that she is.
By the way, are you familiar with the Three Laws of Robotics? No? Really? You read sci-fi and aren’t familiar with the Three Laws? Bah! Go away! Okay, you don’t actually have to go away, but here. These are the Three Laws.
Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics”
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Why do I bring up the Three Laws? Because I can’t recall coming across too many books with androids that didn’t in some way reference the Laws or have their own versions of “robots can’t hurt humans” in their story. In this book, androids can cause harm, although they aren’t able to make their own decisions. They are completely under the control of whatever human owns them (or has hacked them) and if, for example, Crews tells his androids to take down Wells, they won’t hesitate. I find this an amusing switch from how androids/robots are typically portrayed.
Oh, and while it wasn’t really expanded upon much (too much dry history makes for a dull book), I did enjoy the mentions of the Tex-Mex war. It sounds delicious!
I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars because, while I did really like it, things just seemed a bit too contrived at times. Also, there were several errors in this book including some wonky formatting. That’s not to say that I won’t continue reading the series if it continues, because I certainly will and I’m looking forward to the next book, but hopefully the editing tightens up.
About Curiosity Quills Press:
Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!