Tuesday, March 21, 2023

#BookReview: Dual Memory by Sue Burke

Synopsis: Sue Burke, author of the acclaimed novel Semiosis, returns with Dual Memory, a standalone novel blending the hard science fiction of Her with the action adventure of The Third Man.

Antonio Moro lost everything to the Leviathan League. Now he's alone in a city on an Arctic island fighting the ruthless, global pirates with the chance to be the artist he always wanted to be. Unfortunately, he thinks it’s a cover story for his real purpose—spying on sympathizers.

When things look bleak, he discovers an unusual ally. His new personal assistant program, Par Augustus. It’s insolent, extroverted, moody, and a not-quite-legal nascent A. I.

Together they create a secret rebellion from unlikely recruits to defend the island from ideological pirates with entitlement and guns, and capitalist pirates with entitlement and money.

This title will be released on May 16, 2023.


Rating: 3 Stars
My Review: This is one of those books for me that it was ok, but I don't think that I would ever reread it.  It was really weird in some parts but good in others.  I think that this will be one of those stories where you either love it or you don't.  I enjoyed the characters for the most part.  I just wished it was fleshed out more.  


Praise for Dual Memory

If Ursula LeGuin had written about AI machines, it would have looked a lot like this marvelous fable.”―Booklist (starred review)

rollicking thriller from Burke (Immunity Index) moves at a fast pace but manages to maintain its focus on the true threats of climate change and human hubris, all the while keeping readers riveted and entertained.”―Library Journal

Praise for 
Immunity Index

“This hits close to home.”―Publishers Weekly

This dystopian biothriller reads like a 21st-century version of Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain, crossed with George Orwell’s 1984. . . . hopeful, heartbreaking, and compelling at every turn. Highly recommended for readers of dystopian science fiction or political technothrillers.”―Library Journal, starred review

fast-paced hard-sf thriller… Burke imparts detailed discussions on genetics within a dramatic and thought-provoking story of inequality, humanity and family. For fans of the Orphan Black television series or Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers (2019).”―Booklist

“Prescient and powerful, this is a gut-punch of a book . . . Sue Burke only gets better and better. She is a genuine if unsung hero of our genre.”―Seanan McGuire

“Riveting world building by a rising star of science fiction.”―David Brin

Praise for 

“This is up there with Ursula K. Le Guin: science fiction at its most fascinating and most humane.“―

“A fascinating world.”―
The Verge

“A solid debut.”―

“A magnetic meditation on biochemistry and humanity.”―
Locus Online

“This first-contact tale is extraordinary.”―Library Journal (starred review)

“Sharp, evocative . . . 
Semiosis unfolds the old science fiction idea of first contact in ways that are both traditional and subversive.”―The Christian Science Monitor

“A clever, fascinating, fun and unique debut.”―
Kirkus Reviews

"Burke’s world building is exceptional, and her ability to combine the intricacies of colonization with the science of botany and theories of mutualism and predation is astounding." ―

“Impressive debut novel . . . lush . . . beautiful.”―
Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

Sue Burke spent many years working as a reporter and editor for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She is a Clarion workshop alumnus, and she has published more than 30 short stories. Her debut science fiction novel, Semiosis, published to great critical reviews and made several "Best Of" lists. She is also the author of Interference and Immunity Index.

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