To Dream Anatomy of a Humachine
To Dream – Anatomy of a Humachine I
Louis K. Lowy Pages: 438 Published: 2017
The book: It’s 2030 and scientist, Niyati Bopari, creates Human Machines, (Humachines) for the America Inc Corporation. Her latest and most advanced creation, which she named J1, is a humachine that looks like her son Jay, who died in an accident when he was a child. Unbeknownst to Ameri-Inc, she inserts her own DNA into J1.
Before the humachine can be transported to Ameri-Inc headquarters, someone tries to steal him. Will they succeed? What effect will the DNA Niyata inserted into J1 have, if any? What will happen to the most advanced robot Ameri-Inc has ever created?
You might like it because: Lowy creates a detailed future world, where robots replace people and the rich can pay for a long and healthy life. There are many twists and turns that keep you guessing and turning the pages as the plot progresses.
What did other people say?
“To Dream is an action-packed thriller that rarely lets up. The characters are natural and robust. This is not just a story about a robot coming to life – it’s an exploration of the darkness that surrounds him, and the light that brightens his past.”
– Daniel Santos – The Florida Book Review
“Savvy and unnerving. . . . It’s an extraordinarily ambitious novel that deals head on with the ethical and moral dilemmas that real science is already presenting us with.”
– John Dufresne, author of I Don’t Like Where This Is Going
Awards & Recognition:
2017 Florida Authors & Publishers Association – Adult Fiction- Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Bronze Medalist
How quickly will you get into the book? Lowy is a skilled storyteller and pulled me into his future world very quickly, but things start to get really exciting from page 29 onward.
You might not like it because: Whilst Lowy masterfully weaves his story across time and planets, some readers might not like the back and forth between different time periods and locations.
It’s book I and book II is not out yet, so you’ll have to wait a bit to find out what happens next.
What might you read next?
If you’d like to read another sci-fi story about a journey to a different planet, Mars this time, read The Martian, by Andy Weir.
Or read something the Author of To Dream said influenced his writing:
Try Ray Bradbury’s R is for Rocket. Lowy said he loves the sense of humanity Bradbury brings to his characters, and that this is something he tries to do.
Another book Lowy mentioned was Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. He said he admired her “plot techniques and the skilled, subtle way she unfolds them.”