The Preserve blog tour

About the book:

  • Publisher : Atria/Emily Bestler Books
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • Publication date: November 3, 2020

The critically acclaimed author of the “bold, innovating, and thrilling” (Stephen King) novel The Twenty-Year Death and the “brilliant” (Booklist, starred review) novel Barren Cove returns with a dark and compelling mystery set in the near future.

Decimated by plague, the human population is now a minority. Robots—complex AIs almost indistinguishable from humans—are the ruling majority. Nine months ago, in a controversial move, the robot government opened a series of preserves, designated areas where humans can choose to live without robot interference. Now the preserves face their first challenge: someone has been murdered.

Chief of Police Jesse Laughton on the SoCar Preserve is assigned to the case. He fears the factions that were opposed to the preserves will use the crime as evidence that the new system does not work. As he digs for information, robots in the outside world start turning up dead from bad drug-like programs that may have originated on SoCar land. And when Laughton learns his murder victim was a hacker who wrote drug-programs, it appears that the two cases might be linked. Soon, it’s clear that the entire preserve system is in danger of collapsing. Laughton’s former partner, a robot named Kir, arrives to assist on the case, and they soon uncover shocking secrets revealing that life on the preserve is not as peaceful as its human residents claim. But in order to protect humanity’s new way of life, Laughton must solve this murder before it’s too late.

The Preserve is a fresh and futuristic mystery that is perfect for fans of Westworld and Blade Runner.

My thoughts:

I originally had this at 3 1/2 stars, but after stewing on it, I knocked a half star off because I realized that I pretty much instantly forgot about it.

Maybe it’s just my mood right now, but it was just blahhhh.

As someone who reads A LOT of thrillers, police procedurals and mysteries I thought why not branch out (a little at a time) and add sci-fi to the mix. If you read a lot of the sci-fi genre you might find it interesting, but it was a smidge weird for me.

That aside it’s a police procedural. With robots.

It’s a fast read! Excellent concept and good setting, just not for me I guess.

Get the book here!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: