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.