The Fourth Law

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 reviews
Lily Barrett lives in a shattered time for the US with her family missing and presumed dead. Two things keep her going: her job at a small orphanage and Ai, her odd but dear friend, whom she met online: who only shows herself to Lily as a rendered CG image. Troubled by her past and facing an uncertain future, Lily seeks only a quiet, normal life. But, her past and present conspire against her. More

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About Clayton Barnett

Former design engineer, sometime pharmacy technician, father & husband, now aspiring indie writer.

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Review by: Stormswift on Nov. 13, 2018 :
Unique blend of Catholicism and science fiction. Story grasped my interest. Intriguing concept of machine civilisation.

Book expands on the well known (at least among readers familiar with the science fiction genre) Asimnov's 3 laws of robotics: by adding a fourth law. This new law is a compulsion not a command and the robots are able to disregard the 1st 3 laws.

A dystopian setting in the US as the implication in this novel is that life continued as normal in the rest of the world whilst the "Break up" occurred in the US.

A major unanswered question: why did Mr. Barrett commit the atrocities?

An English translation / glossary should have been provided for the Japanese words and phrases used in the book.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)

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