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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Father of the Future is a satirical sci-fi novel by Darren Dash. In the dystopian future of the twenty-ninth century, countries have ceased to exist, and an AI supercomputer called Father governs all humanity. People spend most of their time in virtual reality and sex spas, with little room for social bonding. Cassique is a "Fixer" who travels back in time to ensure players and historical events align with the one true history. But his yearning for freedom and curiosity take a toll until he comes across two historical personalities; a philosopher and programmer named Beta D and the twentieth-century physicist Albert Einstein. Their outlook and ideas light a spark inside Cassique, inspiring him to manifest a revolt to change the world. But great change can only come with great sacrifice. Will Cassique succeed?
Darren Dash builds upon an intriguing premise to deliver an engaging sci-fi story with a healthy dose of satire, philosophical discourse, and dark humor. The narrative tone of Father of the Future may remind you of a Stanley Kubrick movie with its deadpan, dry humor that keeps you entertained all the way through. Dash excels at building a futuristic dystopia that embraces and exaggerates some of the hotly debated societal issues of the world today. The characters seamlessly slot into the roles to explore the story's underlying themes. I especially liked the characterization of Cassique and the ending, which took me by surprise. If you enjoy well-written dystopian stories and satire, Father of the Future is just the book for you.