Vegetarian Alcoholic. Sept. 2020. 234p. ISBN 9781952055041. pap. $17.99. SF
DEBUT What if surgical intervention enabled extraordinary powers of the human mind? Can the bond between siblings change the future? Deprived of oxygen at birth, Luci Sykes was scarred. Her cruel father thought a lobotomy would fix her, but instead she emerged from the procedure with genius-level brain skills. Using her brilliance, Luci develops the ultratech Searchlight GPS navigation system that humanity will soon depend on for aspects of everyday life. But Luci has also programmed the system to exact revenge on humanity. The only person who might stop her is her twin brother, Tokker, who, separated from Luci at birth, was raised on a farm by a woman known as “Aunt Esther.” With help from the intimately intuitive but now outdated Beacon GPS system and family members with secret identities, Tokker navigates through a life-or-death fantasy game based on Luci’s riddles and clues. He must track her down and thwart her insidious plan. But then even Luci and Tokker can’t be sure of certain powers at play.
VERDICT This darkly witty sf-esque debut from poet Cooper explores the bonds between children and parents, siblings, and humans and artificial intelligence. Readers will appreciate the fast-paced action of players trying both to annihilate and save the human race.

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