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"Selene's Shadow" by David T. Gilbert is a science fiction narrative unfolding the tale of the Telluris empire, a fusion of the Roman and Song Chinese empires. The Telluris empire's navy is tasked with the Eclipse Project—the creation of the most powerful human-made ship. As the project advances, a blend of human and AI control is introduced, resulting in the cloning of two human minds to captain the ships. Post-war, concerns arose about the potential implications of the project for humanity, leading to safeguards against AI dominance. Born in this era, Sorrento crosses paths with one of the ships, the Selene's Shadow, awakening its captain after a 500-year slumber. Together, they embark on a thrilling adventure in the post-war landscape of the Telluris empire.
The author's imaginative prowess in constructing this narrative is truly captivating. Pushing the boundaries of science fiction and fantasy, they elevate the genre to new heights, seamlessly blending elements of science, fantasy, and fiction. The novel offers readers a full immersion into a world where spaceships defy conventional limits with faster-than-light travel and human minds undergo cloning and transfer from biological bodies to avatars or even spaceships, transporting them to an entirely different dimension of possibilities.
Sorrento, originating from a humble farming colony, emerges as my favorite character in the novel. Her remarkable journey involves delving into the Empire's military AI history and playing a pivotal role in defending her planet from enemy invasion. Witnessing her incredible development throughout the book is truly impressive. Sorrento fearlessly accompanies Shade and Selene on their travels, displaying unwavering bravery and skill when the situation demands it. It's this daring spirit that rightfully earns her the honor of being a crew member on the empire's most powerful ship and attaining the rank of lieutenant in the empire's navy.
Discovering nothing to criticize in the book, I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience and extend my gratitude to the author for crafting such a wonderful novel. The author's writing style and the thoughtful structuring of the book deserve commendation. Particularly, the parallel presentation of pre-war and post-war events sustains a captivating suspense that effectively holds the reader's attention without detracting from the narrative's intrigue.
Awarding a flawless 5 out of 5 stars, I appreciate the captivating storyline of this book. My reading experience was thoroughly enjoyable, and the author's depiction of Sorrento, coupled with the fascinating technology explored, truly captured my attention. I highly recommend this book to enthusiasts of science fiction and fantasy, especially those who relish space fantasy. It promises to be an entertaining and immersive experience for all readers.
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