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In an advanced world that is gradually ceding the powers of conflict resolution to Artificial Intelligence, daily advancements are made in other fields due to reduced friction between nations. The Corfu Center is at the forefront of this evolution, with its leaders pushing the boundaries of what is and what can be at a phenomenal pace. Matters have come to a head as a new technology involving the ability for humans to teleport across the planet begins to gain momentum just as calls for a single global government catch on. With these two seemingly opposing ideological views pushed by powerful forces on the verge of tearing the people asunder, their only hope of compromise is a political prisoner awaiting judgment, but is she willing to do what is needed in Colibri by Anna Vladis?
An unwilling intellectual becomes the centerpiece of an existential struggle in Anna Vladis's novel. The storyline is more of an ideological discourse than what I would refer to as a classic science fiction adventure but beneath the very intriguing intellectual discussions between characters lie curious parallels with happenings in the present day. Vladis builds her characters quite well, balancing their achievements with their emotional struggles to create believable origin stories that readers can easily understand and identify with. Sergey's interest in Nina has the makings of an interesting potential romantic subplot, but the part of the book that touched me the most was Ocaqalan's letter. Vladis delivers a thought-provoking novel with Colibri, an all-round impressive piece of literature.