An Old-School Dystopian
4 out of 5 stars
The Fall of Colossus really had that “old-school” dystopian feel. Granted, it is old and therefore is most likely old school by definition. But what I mean when I say that is that it reminds me of 1984 and A Brave New World. The overall feel of this book was a little different from the first book. Throughout this one, we are shown that things are great, but it’s really a dystopian society. Not everyone likes the way things have turned out and they want to change that.
I still can’t believe that this book was written pre-computers in every room of the house. It was written in an era shrouded by The Cold War (and you can feel some of that fear and fuel in it). But the imagination that was needed to create a world that was run by an AI baffles me.
The narration was done by PJ Ochlan who does a great job. He was able to give everyone a slightly different voice and some people had really distinct voices. I love when I don’t have to try and remember who a narrator is portraying in a book. Ochlan seems to be a master of this.
Overall, The Fall of Colossus had a completely different look and feel from the first book in the series, but in a good way. The first book was 100% technothriller where we find out about the creation of Colossus. This book was more about what happens in the weeks and months after. Adding a dystopian feel to it.
The Fall of Colossus by D.F. Jones
Narrator: P.J. Ochlan
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
Series: Colossus #2
Published by Tantor Audio on May 30th, 2017
Genres: Dystopian, Technothriller
THE FALL OF COLOSSUS is the follow-up to D. F. Jones' harrowing classic COLOSSUS…
The hugely powerful and pervasive presence of the Colossus supercomputer mechanically runs Earth and its myriad operations.
Managed by its creator Dr. Charles Forbin, it is incapable of lies and void of human emotion in a bid to stamp out corruption.
It is not a robot and not a human.
As part of its brief to enhance the human race, it runs eerie emotion research centres, authorising acts of savagery to measure resistance and feeling. Art and abstract creation are banned and surveillance is constant. No one is free.
The power of Colossus is spiralling out of control.
The Sect worship it as a God, enforcing its word at every opportunity and seeking out traitors. The Fellowship secretly oppose it as a force of evil and they risk their lives in a concentrated effort to destroy it and escape its domination.
Meanwhile, as Forbin becomes increasingly disillusioned with what he has unleashed on the world, his wife Cleo becomes distant, with disastrous consequences.
Colossus has grown more and more powerful, its domain now extending beyond the five continents of Earth. When a message arrives from Martians that seems too good to be true, the scientists are sceptical but hopeful.
The Martians have the power to permanently terminate Colossus.
The world is now under threat, and Forbin has to decide who to save, and who is the real threat to humanity.
THE FALL OF COLOSSUS is another gripping instalment in the techno thriller story of Dr Charles Forbin and his malevolent supercomputer. A science fiction classic, now an ebook by Venture Press.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.