De Anima

De Anima

The Calibration

Fiction - Science Fiction
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 05/04/2017
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Reviewed by Benjamin Ookami for Readers' Favorite

Inspired by Aristotle's De Anima, Roi Anthoni's De Anima: The Calibration attempts to leave us with a sense of what the true meaning of life might be while the funny irony of this novel is that it is a cybernetic entity named Iji that the author chooses to seek this answer out. Praexorium, like the habitat of angels and good souls, is up there, stocked with cyborgs that live purposeful lives. Below, on Earth, humans have gone back to the years of tribes and there are cyborgs that have been cast out like fallen angels. Iji, a cyborg, has not been cast out like the rest of the defective cyborgs. Beings superior to cyborgs have made contact with Praexorium. It is up to Iji to save his species.

The setting is post-apocalyptic, but perhaps that is not the right word to use because the novel is set a great many years into the future. Though I'm the sci-fi fan that prefers robots to aliens and zombies, I'm glad that humans, although their roles are important to the development of the storyline, assume only enough control of the narrative to keep the book balanced. These robots do fight and can conjure such things as solar light balls and take to the sky to get from one place to another. Iji has to work fast while a different cyborg that Iji works with is a cyborg to watch out for. I recommend it to robot fans to read as soon as possible. It's that good.

Rabia Tanveer

De Anima: The Calibration by Roi Anthoni explores the vast realm of souls. In the far future, Earth is ruled by Cyborgs, it has been so for the past six thousand years. However, this rule is being threatened by a very powerful enemy, the Lainep. This foreign invader is threatening to take over Earth and rule as it pleases. However, the Cyborgs can’t have that and this is the reason why a young Cyborg by the name of Iji is sent to Earth on a mission to save the planet from an unwanted war with the Lainep, a war that has the potential to destroy the whole planet.

However, things are not as easy as they were made out to be. Soon, Iji is stuck in a dimension where his soul is trapped. The only way to get his soul back is to return to his own reality where he will be reunited with his soul. This is the only way he can save the Cyborgs from utter destruction at the hands of the evil and very powerful Lainep. But getting back to his reality is very difficult and, at times, it seems impossible. Can Iji do it? Can he get his soul back in time?

De Anima: The Calibration by Roi Anthoni is based on Aristotle’s De Anima and Anthoni’s goal to mix this in with his story worked really, really well. This is a powerful novel, one that will make you think about your soul and how it operates. The reason behind the book being so powerful is Roi Anthoni’s writing style. It is intense, yet complete so that you can enjoy the story and the theme rather than just a hero! Very well-written!

Sefina Hawke

De Anima (The Calibration) by Roi Anthoni is a science fiction fantasy novel inspired by Aristotle’s De Anima (On the Soul). This is a book that would appeal most to audience of adults and older young adults with an interest in exploring the soul through the viewpoint of fiction. It has been more than six thousand years since the cyborgs began to rule Earth’s solar system, but their rule has come under threat from a species known as the Lainep. In an attempt to prevent a war from occurring, a young cyborg named Iji has been dispatched to Earth to complete a secret mission. While attempting to avert a war, Iji discovers a new dimension where souls known as the aether live. During Iji’s exploration, Iji’s very soul becomes trapped in the dimension and he is forced to stay until he can figure out how to return to his dimension to save his own species from war, destruction, and death. Will Iji manage to make it back to his own dimension in time to save the cyborgs?

De Anima (The Calibration) by Roi Anthoni was a very intriguing book that further explored the idea of the soul from Aristotle’s De Anima, but from a fictional perspective. I found the idea of hiding non-fiction views inside a fictional story to be an inspired idea that I have not come across before. The characters were all well developed, though Iji was by far the most developed character. I liked the way that I was able to explore the idea of the soul or aether through the character of Iji when he ended up in a different dimension. My only problem with the story was the fact that it was difficult to tell which parts were non-fictional soul exploration and which were fictional story elements.