Fiction - Science Fiction
309 Pages
Reviewed on 02/16/2024
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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite

Jason Bishop is testing his latest project when he is whisked off to Snyder Industries for a meeting with its mysterious owner. Their most important artificial intelligence project has developed a glitch, and the top brass at Snyder Industries feel Jason is the best person to step in and rectify the problem. Jason has personal reasons for doing so as well. This project involves a paper he developed with a respected colleague who went missing while turning their work into a reality. Jason jumps at an opportunity to be part of something special and discover what happened to his friend, but he soon realizes there is more to this project than meets the eye in Kurt Petrey’s Breakout.

Kurt Petrey blends technology and mystery into a one-of-a-kind adventure. In Breakout, Petrey takes his inspiration from the gradual invasion of artificial intelligence into everyday human activity and crafts a plausible story that could be our future. The characters have origin stories crafted to an impressive level of detail yet simple enough for the reader to follow. The pace is initially sedate but picks up as it progresses to where everything seems to be happening at breakneck speed in the final chapters. Petrey’s detailed and in-depth explanation of the science behind the plot creates certain instances that initially seem like information overload, as is evident in Jason’s intellectual conversations with Joseph. Still, closer analysis will show it is Petrey’s unique style of immersing the reader in the story and elevating the suspense as it approaches the conclusion. Breakout is an exceptional novel that will appeal to science fiction fans looking for something different and who are willing to think outside the box.