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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The People Factory is a science fiction and fantasy novel by author Frank J Andriuli. Centered on the world of artificial intelligence technology, the story takes place in a near-future reality where androids are everywhere. A new breed of humanoid is now available for purchase, with its own intelligence independent of programming and realistic features like body temperature and full emotional display. Vanessa is one such android, purchased by retired military man Steve Renna when he goes in search of a personal secretary. All seems fine, but Steve soon discovers there’s a dark side to the C.E.S.H. humanoids, and some of them are plotting a hidden agenda that threatens the security of the country as a whole. Conspiracy abounds as the pressure builds on Steve to make the truth heard before it’s too late.
Rebellion, dystopia, science fiction, A.I. and conspiracy fiction all collide in this marvelous genre-mash of a novel. Frank J Andriuli has created a credible world system less than 60 years from our own time, where many indicators of modern life are taken into account and enhanced to build the marvelous concept of the C.E.S.H. androids. I loved how difficult it had become to actually tell who was human, and I think The People Factory really asks some important questions about the nature of humanity and free thought. The narration isn’t hard to understand despite this subject matter, and Steve is a no-nonsense hero whose down to earth presence kept the story rocketing forward in every chapter. Highly recommended for fans of high octane, sold-concept sci-fi.