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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Francis Mont’s Time is Running Out - The Valley Trilogy: Liberation, Choices, Consequences comprises three dystopian novels set in the future. The first, Time is Running Out, is a journal written by Trevor Dubois that depicts life in 2098. Artificial Intelligence - the Big Brain - has streamlined every aspect of life for the people in Oroville. However, people are unhappy because they feel like parasites. Trevor and seven others set out to build an experimental homestead. Big Brain discovers survivors in Sacramento and Yuba City. They all work together to support the citizens. In the second book, Rainbow Valley, Chico and Redding join the Sacramento Valley Alliance. Trevor’s homestead is coming together well. Finally, Valley of Hope is a story of consequences. Earth has become too unstable for human survival. Trevor finds himself aboard a spaceship called The Lifeboat, searching for a planet where people can live. While he is searching, Sacramento’s mayor, Jonathan, is building the underground settlement recommended by the AI.
Francis Mont’s ideas were somewhat revolutionary to me. Could artificial intelligence provide everything for people, thus making humans obsolete? Big Brain’s full automation is what current scientists and supporters of artificial intelligence strive for. Jonathan’s essay The Nature of Money captured the reason why any currency causes corruption and greed. I was in awe of the realistic dialogue and vivid detail given to every character. Each idea was easy to envision. For example, when an engineer creates a design for improving outdated equipment, it is broken down in simple terms so anybody can visualize the result. All forms of government were objectively viewed by the people in their political debates. Are communism, socialism, dictatorships, or capitalism the only options to prevent the destruction of the planet? Will short-term solutions result in a downward spiral in the long term? I recommend the Time is Running Out - The Valley Trilogy to readers who are interested in evaluating different possibilities for saving the planet before mass destruction results in the end of all life.