ADAM by A.K. Stone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Actual Rating: 4.5


*Thank you to the author for providing a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review!*

The year is 2201 A.D., and humans have progressed even further in the technological field. We are now able to compete with artificial intelligence by merging man with technology – but things aren’t so simple. Resources are scarce, and although although the light-speed barrier has already been broken, something else is out there, waiting for the right time to strike. But in times like these, you never know who to trust.

Admittedly, at first I was very skeptical of this genre; some “high science-fiction” books I’ve read in the past have been difficult to get through because of the overload of technical terms. However, I thought that this book set up the scene very nicely and although I was still a bit confused at times, it was very interesting to immerse myself into this world. Everything is definitely very thought-out and it feels authentic. I especially liked how the themes in this book could be linked to real life; artificial intelligence is something that has been debated for years, and author was really able to create their own version of what it meant and tie into the world that they imagined.

I thought the main character was very likable. Although there seems an age difference between us, the main character was wise and insightful beyond his years, and I could definitely connect. Throughout the book, there was such clear emotional development as he learned who he was and how he would deal with every obstacle that came his way. Even the secondary characters had their own stories, and I really enjoyed reading about the relationship dynamic they each had with the main character.

Despite how unrealistic the world may physically seem, there were many parallels that I could draw between our world and this fictional one. With some underlying social commentary, the writing style was engaging (and oftentimes, beautiful), which really helped bring the story to life.

The plot was definitely one of the strongest part of the book; it was unique and different, and with blend of realism and futuristic, the setting was not only interesting to read about, but also made me think about how far society has already come. Overall, Adam was a very thought-provoking book and it delved into the relationship between humans and between humans and technology. It truly brings about the question of what you define as “human”. This was a great read, definitely one of the best sci-fi novels I’ve read!


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