Series: Children of Eden – Book One
Author: James Andrew Wilson
Publisher: Two Crowns Press
Published: June 3, 2013
Caleb-Seven is a robot, at least technically, created for the king to be a surrogate son. The king had only one request, Caleb-Seven must be a clean slate with no moral code whatsoever. However, Caleb-Seven’s maker, Cyrus, cannot make him morally devoid and instead tries to bury what morality he put into him as deep as he can. The only problem is that one can only hide morality so deep before its presence becomes known.
When Caleb-Seven’s moral code becomes known, the king rejects him and he is then relegated to mopping floors in a place called Eden. It’s gray buildings hide secrets that intend to stay hidden and Caleb-Seven, or, as he thinks of himself, Caleb, just happens to keep on stumbling into them. Particularly after he meets Ruth-One. Ruth-One is different and Caleb knows it and is drawn to her.
According to Cyrus, Caleb is destined to greatness but Caleb has no idea why or how his greatness will be revealed. All he knows is that he’s a robot and though he can think, talk, and feel like a human, he will never be a human. Caleb’s destiny is about to be revealed and fulfilling it might cost him greatly.
This type of dystopian sci-fi is both new to me and very difficult to describe. It is, however, very easy to enjoy. This book is fast-paced, unique, and perfect for anyone that loves the sci-fi genre. Though, because it’s about a sentient robot, it touches on some sensitive topics and asks the question: what makes us human and if we do create a sentient being how human is too human? This however does not detract from this book at all, in fact, it actually can help solidify or change your opinion on the matter.
Caleb-Seven and Ruth-One are absolutely relatable and the perfect example of what the author wanted to portray. In fact, they’re so perfect that I spent most of the book forgetting who Caleb was until he did something robot-like. As this story progressed, the soft spot I held for Caleb grew and soon encompassed Cyrus, Ruth, and whomever else Caleb called a friend, including a couple of people I never thought would hold an opinion towards.
My only complaint about his glorious tale is the lack of enough description of Eden. When it comes to a facility in a sci-fi world, I love a large amount of description of the area to help me get a feel for what it’s supposed to look like. However, this small con never really hindered me from enjoying the story. This book deserves a little mystery so I won’t delve too deeply into the plot and ruin the story, but I will say that this story is not to be missed.
Creatively, this story is in a class in its own. It hooked me from the very beginning and I was able to binge read this one in less than six hours. It captured my attention and heart within the first chapter and held it until the cliffhanger ending. I greatly look forward to reading the next book in the series and hopefully the third. It also made me a fan of a new division of sci-fi that I never thought about reading let alone about enjoying it.
I don’t know much about this author, except what his author description tells me (part of which makes a reference to The Lord Of The Rings and his desire to be a respectable hobbit when he grows up). However, he has created a new fan with his unique and creative book. I fully intend to watch this author and see what else of his I can get my hands on.