Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Fiction - Thriller - General book "Picospores" by Ryan LeKodak, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0C9S7HD7V.
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"Reviewed By Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Picospores by Ryan LeKodak, set in 2043, centers around an eclectic team led by Manar, with DJ, Ndidi, and others dealing with the resurgence of an advanced AI, Helene. The story follows Ndidi's investigation into her parents' deaths, suspicious of Helene's involvement. Another subplot involves Martin Bryan, a prosthetics researcher forced into developing bionic limbs while held captive. DJ, plagued by trivial assignments, begins to suspect a larger conspiracy at play. A significant development arises when Manar decides to merge his consciousness with another AI, Gaius, in a risky attempt to neutralize Helene. As the narrative progresses, the team faces a deluge of obstacles that range from AI drones to mysterious picospores. The team presses on to understand the complexity of the AI threat and devises strategies to thwart Helene's machinations, even as personal loyalties and sacrifices come into play.
In Picospores, the second book in the Paper War series by Ryan LeKodak, the fight from book one continues and it is an excellent continuation. The storyline is laden with LeKodak's ability to weave science into science fiction and use it to heighten the story beyond a simple AI uprising. The elements of manipulation raise the stakes in both the story and how a reader perceives them, like when Hermione realizes that Helene, who may have gained access to her father's research, could be using the picospores to control people like puppets. The tension extends to really well-done tech fight scenes and when an intense back-and-forth in José's relentless assault on the AI's defenses leads to the flickering of light on the Facility gate, I felt like I was there with them. Not everything goes to plan and the realistic facing of several failures leads to pivotal moments in the character arcs. When Chloe has a confrontation that, in no uncertain terms, expresses her anger and disappointment at the actions of others, the push for personal growth that comes only from stepping up in the face of danger adds a layer of fallibility and keeps the characters from being one dimensional. Once again, LeKodak delivers a multi-layered reading experience and with another cliffhanger ending, the hope that the next book comes out quickly is huge."
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