This morning I finished Liz Moore’s novel The Unseen World. I’m not clear how it wound up on my reading list, but when I finished J. D. Buffington’s novel In The House of In Between, I picked it semi-randomly from my to-read list and went into it blind to what it might be about.
The prologue of the book suggested to me that I’d be reading a science fiction story about the creation of a general purpose artificial intelligence, but the book really isn’t about that. The first few chapters are very much drew me in with detailed, but meaningful, writing that reminded me of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. Also, Liz Moore regularly dips into the territory that drenches Ishiguro’s book in that the reader is likely more keen as to what others in the story want or desire, but to the protagonist, their goals are opaque.
The primary actors of the book are all computer scientists and deal with cryptanalysis regularly. The author does a good job of not bogging down the story with details of that work, but what is there is believable and make sense.
Without spoiling any of the plot, the death of a main character in the story at about three-fourths of the book began a final act that kept my eyes damp until the last words of the epilogue.
Definitely read this one. It questions the definition of what it means to be a family and provokes thought. The final act of the book offers up a optomistic view of our future that I also enjoyed.