Review: "The Code" by Peter McAllister

“The Code – If your AI loses its mind, can it take meds?” is a thought-provoking novel that makes its reader start asking big life questions. Gene is an AI who is threatening to destroy the moon after he develops schizophrenia. He believes that what he does is right and so he needs to be stopped. The mission to do just that is led by Gene’s two creators, Liam and Cletus. After several unsuccessful attempts to communicate with the AI from Earth, the decision is made to physically shut Gene down forever to protect the future of Humanity.

The Code is a perfectly paced read, it is neither too slow nor too fast, any new concepts and characters were introduced at the perfect moments. It did not feel dragged out either, everything that happened had a purpose. Liam, as one of the protagonists, is a troubled character, who is fighting against his demons with the use of a unique playlist. I did listen to two or three songs that were mentioned, and I can honestly say I never heard anything quite like it. It was a nice addition to Liam’s personality, his little quirky trait. It made him more believable.

The novel is humorous to a small extent – it is done well; however, I wouldn’t mind if there was a bit more of it. It felt scientifically cold at times, where whole paragraphs would be dedicated to technical issues and I suppose it would have been nice if they were broken up with more jokes and the likes in between.

One of the best features of this novel, in my opinion, is the ending itself. It leaves at a place where a reader is satisfied with everything that has happened, yet it leaves a window cracked open to the possibility of a sequel. It is magnificently done, the balance between the two is simply perfect.

I would love to give this novel 4 stars however there were a significant number of mistakes and typos in the edition that I had. Simply due to the sheer volume of them, they became quite apparent and disrupted the smoothness of the read. Since reading the ARC, I have been made aware by the author that those mistakes were found and amended for its launch on Amazon, which is where you can buy the book.

I would highly recommend “The Code”, especially to Science Fiction fans who want to ponder about the future, the role AI is going to have on it and the questions we should be starting to ask ourselves.

Note: I have received an Advanced Review Copy of The Code on Reedsy Discovery in exchange for an honest review.

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