Sci Fi

When The Sparrow Falls by Neil Sharpson

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Dystopia takes many forms. This one is highly technical while also questioning the sense of self or identity itself.
It took me a while to get to grips with the content or the world. Unlike other dystopian scenarios, this does not look like it’s based on the American continent. The world-building is not exactly unique but plays a spin on other such scenarios. We have a world where people are alive and breathing offline while AI has reached sentience that allows it its own territory. Within the location we spend the entire story, it is illegal to be a sentient code.
In this grim reality where people with power monitor others and hold information close, there is upheaval in one person’s life. Our lead protagonist, Nikolai South, is a tired agent who does the bare minimum to get by when he is surprisingly handed a very complex task that takes him by surprise. He finds out that old secrets might still have the capacity to hurt him.
Lives may be lived longer now, but the repercussions of that life and the quality are suspect. All of this makes this a complex read that gets clearer halfway in.
I would recommend this to fans of the dystopian/Sci-fi reads, both the faced paced or slower kind.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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