SFF

Synapse

Thomas Nelson. Oct. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9780785225256. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780785225263. SF
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After suffering a tragic loss and witnessing a Purist terror attack within a few days of each other, minister Kestrel Hathaway experiences a crisis of faith. Then her brother sends her an Artificial, a robot named Jordan. At one time, Kestrel wrote a Purist-leaning blog questioning the existence of Artificials. Now she has one in her home. He looks real. He acts real. And he’s asking questions about belief and the afterlife. When Kestrel is questioned about her presence at the terror attack by federal agent Nick Vernon, she is stunned to realize she’s a suspect. And the more Nick learns about her, the more he believes she’s innocent, but circumstances are conspiring against her and drawing her deeper into a world where the Purists will stop at nothing to achieve an Artificial-free life.
VERDICT James (Every Wicked Man) delivers a thought-provoking look at the definitions of humanity, belief, and faith in this timely near-future sf thriller.

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