Genius, wealthy and life regenerated, Adam Spenceworth is living the dream aboard his custom spaceship run by Mum, his first designed AI, protected by Gort, his first robot, and occupied by Eve, his sexbot. With each regeneration he returns to start over as a twenty-five year old man ready to enjoy the pleasures of his success. What could go wrong? Except, maybe, planetary wars, territorial space battles, alien invasions, and the disturbing fact that each regeneration is taking exponentially longer than the one before bringing him into one galactic crisis after another. A frolicking space drama filled with references sure to strike home with any science fiction aficionado. – Goodreads Synopsis
I AM Review
I AM by Michael Drakich was an engrossing read. Once I started it, I had trouble putting it down. Its one of those books that fooled me. I thought I was going to get a light science fiction read with battle scenes and pithy quotes. ( I mean, what else would you expect from that synopsis?) However, even though it started out that way, it turned into one of those books that made me think. I’m not sure I’m entirely comfortable with thinking, but so few books actually unexpectedly extend the invitation to ponder things that when I’m presented with it, I just can’t resist.
I’m going to do my best to write the rest of this spoiler free. So yes, some of it is going to be vague sounding. Sorry.
I AM works on a peculiar, exponential time-scale that actually works in its favor when it comes to the characters being believable. Drakich gives fun nods to the things that have made science fiction so fun, from the original space-bot to star trek phasers, and – of course – the mothership. He also covers evolution and religion in a way that makes you laugh as you realize how silly it sounds until you sit back, think about it for a second, and find yourself thinking “Uhm…y’know…actually… I could see it working this way. That would make a lot of sense.”
Its written lightheartedly, and on the surface it is just a roller-coaster ride of sci-fi thrills. However, watching Adam’s personal development, seeing the play out of the world, and the way Gort and Mum transition from being Adam’s servants to friends to family, it strikes a chord that resonates in you. The ending made me smile wistfully. Happily ever after? No. The perfect ending? Definitely.
This was an absolutely fantastic read by a great indie author, and I highly recommend you check it out immediately.