The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl

Helen Roderick is the first mind to be computer-simulated after her death, re-emerging into a world that is so different from what she’s used to. But while daring innovations make life easier for everyone, it doesn’t take much to push the world over the brink…

The_Improbable_Rise_of_Singularity_Girl_Cover_FinalHilarious, nerdy, yet incredibly deep, The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl takes you on a journey to an alternative world that, scarily, does not even seem as unattainable as other stories that centre on the controversial topic of artificial intelligence. Bryce Anderson’s approach is unlike others in the sense that he starts from a human mind – and an inherent understanding of that paves the way for other important developments in society, developments that are celebrated by some and feared by others. When Helen becomes part of the world again, she realises that things have changed – and that means people have, too, especially with the development of a truly alternative, virtual world called Altworld. Soon, virtual and worldly reality start merging, to a point where it’s not even certain anymore which one you’re actually living in. And what does that mean for society? In a world that is not restricted to the physical realm anymore, what does it even mean to be human? But these are only the beginning of the problems…

Everything you need in a book

I’m going to be completely honest here in saying that The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s everything you’re looking for in a book and more. It has a decent pace, it is not predictable most of the time, and it does everything in its power to make sure the world that is created feels incredibly familiar and strange at the same time. Whenever I laid eyes on a page, I was completely absorbed into this ambiguous world, populated by characters that all in all are very real. And especially for me, the nerdy references, everything from Terry Pratchett over Firefly to World of Warcraft, just made everything even better, even more familiar than before – and you can tell that Anderson was having fun there, too. It was only once or twice that I was almost going to put it down because it felt too stretched-out in those points, but as soon as I thought that, it picked up its pace, disaster accumulated, and plot-twists threw themselves at you. Both in content and in style, The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl is one of the best books that I’ve read in a really long time; the only regret I have is that I already finished it.

If you need something uplifting yet distressing, something innovative yet familiar, a book that will keep you chained to your chair, this one is for you – you won’t regret it.

(I got the book in the ‘Immerse or Die’ storybundle, and it was truly a pleasant surprise. Check out other storybundles to find your own gems, too!)

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