Father of the Future

Fiction - Science Fiction
221 Pages
Reviewed on 10/18/2023
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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.

K.C. Finn

Father of the Future is a work of fiction in the science fiction, time travel, and comedy adventure subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Darren Dash. The plot follows our protagonist Cassique, a time-traveling Fixer in AD 2853 who's tasked with correcting problems that could endanger his world's existence. As Cassique delves into the past, he becomes skeptical about whether his complacent society should continue, considering a reset to overthrow the controlling super-computer, Father. When he collaborates with historical figures and plans a revolt, they must tread carefully, as Father's omnipresence poses a threat.

Author Darren Dash combines dark humor with thought-provoking themes about the risks of AI and relinquishing power to machines, and the results are truly epic in this concise and pacy sci-fi novel. The work cleverly critiques modern society's dependence on technology and raises ethical questions about human agency and freedom whilst at the same time being a totally self-contained adventure world that’s easy to immerse yourself in. The dynamic characters are well-drawn and benefit from Dash’s own personality and sense of humor, offering us witty, capable heroes and intriguing figures who join the team along the way. The book serves as both a cautionary tale and a compelling adventure that resonates with contemporary discussions on AI's impact on our lives. Overall, I would highly recommend Father of the Future as a thrilling journey into a dystopian future where technological control stifles humanity's potential: a theme that will keep you hooked and leave you with plenty of questions about our own future.

Essien Asian

It is the twenty-ninth century, and Earth is nothing like we know it. Disease and crime are a thing of the past, and artificial intelligence runs every aspect of the planet for the humans they call Father. There is a special unit of time travelers known as fixers who correct their timeline according to Father’s instructions. At the same time, the rest of the population is preoccupied with Father’s Virtual Reality programs. Cassique is a fixer who has grown disillusioned with his life and begins to question Father’s ideas about the well-being of the human race. The more he fights his feelings, the more he believes something is wrong with the system. Can he right the wrongs of this seemingly perfect Utopia? Or will Father stop him before he can cause damage? Only time will tell in Father Of The Future by Darren Dash.

Darren Dash’s depiction of the ultimate Utopia and one citizen’s problem with perfection could not have been better portrayed. The storyline runs along the lines of an ideological discussion where the reader questions the logic behind Father’s supposedly forward-thinking solutions to humanity’s problems. This heightens the suspense in the story, much like the feeling when you are told that if something is too good to be true, it most likely is not. Cassique’s interactions with his fellow dwellers and their responses to his sometimes innocent-sounding questions are crafted to draw one into the story without realizing it. All of these lead to a highly intellectual conclusion, which pushes the reader to think outside the box if they wish to find the crack in the facade. The best part of this novel is how Dash alternates seriousness with sometimes goofy humor throughout the story. Father Of The Future is a novel you will fully appreciate once you have read it.