Eye Candy by @RyanLSchneider – Book Review by ROz

Eye Candy

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I’m a sucker for scifi, but I’ve made that abundantly clear in my recent posts.

 

Ryan Schneider captures an idyllic future with smart crosswalks and robots that seemingly feel, as well as be involved in almost every part of our lives. It’s a future with promise, beautiful woman, clean cities, and robot psychologists. Eye Candy starts laying down the groundwork, establishing the Three Laws of Robotics created by Isaac Asimov.

 

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

 

In Ryan Schneider’s robotic world, we’re introduced to the evolving robot – the one that absolutely accepts that human life is to be protected, but fears harming its own existence while performing its duties. Eye Candy gives you a romanticized story of what happens if/when robots become less like toasters and more like a new species.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of Eye Candy – the dialogue flows naturally, and you’re given a peek into a blossoming romance between two compatible people who manages to beat high odds and find each others soul mate in the other. This is where Eye Candy starts to get a little complicated, especially with the introduction of a slew of characters. The ending, however, is an interesting twist that you may or may not see coming.  It is worth sticking through what could be a little dry and complicated plot, but I have to admit, the ending came quickly and with not as much explanation you would want for the twist.

 

I enjoyed the main character Danny – his wit and charm as a robotist and Candy, his soul mate and love interest, the robot psychologist. Schneider describes these two fictional jobs with clear and believable explanation. I especially enjoyed this fictional futuristic world and Schnieder does an amazing job detailing it with inspiring inventions that those of us trapped in 2013 are desperately waiting for. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

 

Find Ryan at Twitter and purchase Eye Candy on amazon.

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