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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
In a future world, androids who look exactly like humans are programmed as ideal beings incapable of crime (especially murder) until one of them breaks the code and kills a man, and the struggle is on to determine whether androids should even exist. Human law enforcement and government act quickly to round up and imprison the entire android species in the United States until the cause of the breakdown could be determined, and a decision made that could determine the fate of an entire ethnic race. The code had been promoted as unbreakable and would, in fact, keep humans safe; but there is no perfect code.
They Named Him Primo by Jaka Tomc is an unusual thriller in that the pace of the story delves deeply into philosophical discourse while pushing the action forward with surprises around every corner… or turn of the page, as the case may be. Primo, the first of all androids manufactured, is neither superior nor subservient to humans, but he demonstrates profound philosophical concepts that could easily have come from the spirit of Voltaire, Descartes, or several more of the “enlightenment age” philosophers. The story is also a mirror of current world racial inequality problems, with androids replacing non-white and non-religious people of today. Too much more here would ruin the unique plotting and writing style of Jaka Tomc. This story is a fascinating look into a potential future and, though not to compare Tomc with Orwell, people may one day look back and compare their present with a book of fiction that prophesied it; They Named Him Primo.