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Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
In Artificial Absolutes, a cyberpunk novel by Mary Fan, Jane and Devin Colt are on the run. After her boyfriend had been kidnapped and her brother framed for the murder of their father, she and Devin must travel the universe to clear his name and discover the face behind the mysterious intelligence know as No Name. Set in a far distant world in a far distant future where data is considered absolute and justice infallible, Artificial Absolutes is a tale that questions the realness of reality and what makes us truly human. Fast-paced and filled with loads of action, Artificial Absolutes grabs you from the first page and refuses to let go.
Artificial Absolutes was a very engaging read, I really enjoyed it. The world building was very in-depth with no two planets being alike. The plot was just as detailed, filled with twists and turns that I totally didn't see coming. Both Jane and Devin made for very compelling characters with Jane being the more scrappy go-get-'em type while Devin has a mysterious past that is slowly but surely being revealed. Together they make a good team.
Since Artificial Absolutes is cyberpunk, it's filled with AI, cybergangs, conspiracy theorists, as well as groups similar to out-world's Anonymous, to other more sinister groups. Mary Fan's novel also features a healthy dose of POC characters which, as a person of color myself, was greatly appreciated. Also as a cyberpunk novel, Artificial Absolutes tackled faith and religion in a way that was neither overly insulting or an attempt to shove things down people's throat. It added another dynamic to Artificial Absolutes and kept things interesting. A thoroughly enjoyable read.