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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
After Mind is an intense science fiction novel by Spencer Wolf which centers on the theme of artificial intelligence. The central character is a young boy named Packet, whose physical life has ended and his consciousness has been replaced by an artificial intelligence. The A.I. of his new persona causes conflict in Packet’s human body, and when he has the chance to start remembering the past he had before his new mind was installed, the novel takes a hugely emotional turn, exploring what it means to be human in a world where technology has a mind of its own. So begins Packet’s adventure to remember the truth about himself, and face the consequences when that truth is revealed.
Spencer Wolf has created an accomplished, sensational novel that Isaac Asimov would be proud of. Well-written and suitably complex for its subject matter, what begins as an interesting conceptual take on artificial intelligence quickly transforms into a heartrending journey amidst a world of technology and tyranny which feels plausibly real. Packet is an endearing hero whom all sci-fi fans will relate to, and his fascinating psychological and technological journey is nothing short of a science fiction masterpiece. The concepts are big and exciting, right to the final conclusion, with plenty of incredible yet believable ideas to chew over. I found After Mind compelling and well-paced, which made it difficult to put down and impossible to stop thinking about long after I’d finished the tale. Overall, I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates thought-provoking science fiction.