Blood Re(a)d: The Path by Peter Riva

THE PATH by Peter Riva
Genres: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk
All life on earth is about to be terminated by an entity as old as the galaxy itself. To make matters worse, Simon has broken everything already.

In a future world that is run by computer systems and that is without want, how can a man find his role? Then, if the very computers he works on to try to make them more human suddenly try to kill him, revealing a secret so vast that it affects every living soul on the planet, can that man be a hero?These are the questions that face the stumbling, comic, and certainly flawed Simon Bank. His job is to work with the System’s artificial intelligence, making it fit more perfectly into human society so that it can keep the country running smoothly. But when the System threatens the peaceful world he knows, Simon suddenly must rush to save his own life, as well as the life of everyone on earth. Forced to reassess everything that he thought he knew, he is caught within circumstances way beyond his control.

Simon’s only hope is to rely on intellect and instincts he didn’t know he had, and on new friends, not all of them human, to change himself and all humanity. And he doesn’t have much time.

Peter-RivaMeet the author: 
Peter Riva has worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace and space exploration. His daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent. He resides in New York City.
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BLOODY BOOKISH RATING (out of 5):dropletdroplet



The premise of The Path is what drew me to this book. The world is run by the System, artificial intelligence tasked with keeping the country running smoothly. It is main character Simon Banks’ job to help humanize it. His plan? To introduce small “mistakes” which the System would correct, thereby becoming more “human” with these corrections now encoded into the System.

Unfortunately, this book didn’t quite do it for me. I tried multiple times to get into the text but I couldn’t get past the main character’s inner dialogue. Short, fragmented sentences made Banks’s thoughts seem stilted and wooden, and unfortunately I found the style distracting.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not well-read in hard sci-fi so maybe I am not the target reader for this book, and perhaps that is why I felt lost with the intricate programming language. Perhaps readers with more hi-tech sci-fi knowledge would find this a better read but since I couldn’t fully immerse myself in the book, I was not able to finish it.

However, for those with an interest in technical details, computer technology and high-tech sci-fi, this may be the book for you.




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