Something is wrong with the androids at Fort Thomas and it’s up to Paige and her new friends to find out what.
When an explosion levels a secret lab in the dead of night, an experimental computer virus is unleashed on the world invading artificially intelligent workers and soldiers. Once infected, these synthetic humans experience 1 of 2 side-effects: Sentience or Corruption.
30 years later, the military and governments of the world are still struggling to cope with the shock. Synthetics are met with distrust by most, subjugation by some, and acceptance at arms-length by the rest.
To further study the rising sentience in the world’s robotic population, the military has recruited the best and brightest scientific minds to research this mysterious virus. Unfortunately for 13-year-old Paige Bryan, her parents are 2 of those minds chosen, and she finds herself moving to Fort Thomas – a military base full of sentient machines.
When soldiers start to malfunction and a strange little girl arrives, Paige and the scrappers of Ft. Thomas soon find themselves swept up in a mystery that, left unsolved, may mean the end of the already fragile peace between humans and synthetics.
Paige’s Story instantly pulled me. It moves along smoothly and builds a world that I can perfectly visualize. This is “Book 1 of the Fort Thomas series” and Bass has built a world that will integrate upcoming books seamlessly.
Our main character is a smart and sarcastic teen that is written in a realistic manner and is easy to connect with. Many of the other characters that Bass has written are fully-fleshed out and all have unique backstories that I’m hoping we learn more about in future books.
There’s strong profanity throughout, which I typically find tacky in books, but Bass made it work really well. To the point that my favorite character ended up being Alpha, who in fact tried to cuss often and for the life of him just couldn’t figure it out! “What the damn” has to be my absolute favorite line.
I’m truly excited about this series and can’t recommend this book enough.
About the Author
A.J. Bass was born in the never ending cornfield known as Indiana, grew up there, and lives there still. She likes corn. Don’t judge.
In the winter of 1991, her mother gave her a copy of Mega Man 3 as a Christmas gift and immediately sparked a love of science fiction, video games and, of course, robots.
She graduated Indiana University in 2004 with a degree in studio art, which is why she needs a day job.
An avid martial artist, cartoon junkie, and toy collector, Bass is most comfortable curled up watching movies with her husband and two kids, and sipping whiskey on her back patio with a gigantic plate of nachos.
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