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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Waterdown is a work of thoughtful and interesting science fiction penned by author Anastasia Slabucho. This novella-length work explores the efforts of Geo Spears, whose incredible innovations in Fusion A. I. should have cemented her as a true hero of her age. But the A. I. took a drastic turn to eradicate the sufferings of humanity by watering down the minds of everyone on the planet to help them forget. In the twenty-second century, this watered-down society truly shows its cost, and as Geo Spears faces her last few weeks to live, she becomes more and more determined to face her creation and unveil her absolution.
Dramatic and highly conceptual, this excellent story by author Anastasia Slabucho will appeal to fans of the likes of Isaac Asimov for sure. Blending science fiction with science future and science fact, the bleak narrative style presents an eerie and clinical overview of a human world where A. I. innovation has led to inevitable ruin. The characterization of this world and the people within it is presented with excellent use of descriptive lexis and engaging dialogue, whilst the central presentation of Geo Spears herself is a triumph in building a broken hero. I felt for Geo despite her transgressions and followed her avidly through the campaign on which she rests her future hopes and legacy. Overall, Waterdown is a superb concept in itself, and one which is effectively realized through excellent writing, intelligent character work and a true sense of chilling disaster that stays with you long after reading.