The Reluctant Cuckoo

Fiction - Science Fiction
266 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2020
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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite

After centuries of people not caring enough about the planet, one of the most innovative, technological scientists of the time explains that the time to be overly concerned about global warming has long since past. With Earth on the brink of global death, it is up to scientists to find a habitable planet in one galaxy or another for mankind to continue existing. L2, an AI that is supposed to remain inactive for ten-year periods does quite the opposite. L2 stays alert, reading and learning, unlike the L1 that does exactly as it’s supposed to do, only waking up for the scheduled maintenance until it is time to investigate distant planets. Will the human race survive the death sentence they sealed for themselves? Will the robots find a planet that is suitable for humans to live on now that Earth is doomed? Can humanity’s hopes be pinned on a robot that not only exhibits human behavior but also has emotions?

The Reluctant Cuckoo asks what life would be like when Earth finally succumbs to mankind’s relentless torture? What if some way, somehow, someone could find a way to save humans by moving them across galaxies? What would life be like on a new, unknown planet? In The Reluctant Cuckoo by Aaron Singer has an interestingly complex plot that takes the reader through the impending fallout of extinction due to global warming. All of the tech-savvy characters have very different and diverse personalities. I love how Singer describes the robots and their behavior so well that you can almost see L2 (Troy) getting irritated with L1 (Stanley) over obviously robotic behavior. I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading space-bound, human race saving stories. If you’re looking for adventures into the unknown terrain of a distant world, The Reluctant Cuckoo is a great bet. I hope Singer has more in store for readers as the remaining humans and robots move forward into a brave new frontier.

James Donavon

I loved this book. It makes you think about our existence and how we could reap what we've sewn.