Welcometo day 2 of the Blog Tour for Steven Erikson's new novel Rejoice.
A novel of First Contact, this tells of an alien AI representative (of 3 alien races) on a mission to save Earth's eco system. Unfortunately the biggest threat to the eco system is mankind so a decision must be made as to whether or not humanity deserves to be saved.
To help with the decision making the AI (named Adam) abducts one person from Earth to be it's spokesperson, Sci-Fi author Samantha August. Right from the off Adam seems to have integrated himself into the planet and has put a stop to such things as violence, destruction of nature etc and it is to be seen how the human race will manage with this or if certain individuals will try and adapt the situation to there own ends (oh, you just know someone will 😉).
Erikson makes a good job of keeping the story flowing by interspersing chapters which are just Samantha and the Adam discussing the rights and wrongs of what is happening or going to happen (admittedly these can be a bit of a slog at times) with chapters that are a series of vignettes showing how the changes are affecting people around the globe.
I only really know Erikson from his Malazan Books of the Fallen fantasy series so when offered the chance to review this move to Sci-Fi I was keen to see how he would handle the change of genre. I'm happy to say he's made a really good job of it. This novel is possibly one that people will be talking about for a long time to come.