In July of 2014, Samuel Peralta released what would become the first Future Chronicles title, The Robot Chroncies. The Robot Chronicles has an amazing line up: Hugh Howey, Matthew Mather, David Adams, Ann Christy, Nina Croft, WJ Davies, Patrice Fitzgerald, Deirdre Gould, Jason Gurley, A.K. Meek, Samuel Peralta, Edward W. Roberston, and Endi Webb. Honestly, I bought this anthology because of Jason Gurley and Hugh Howey, at the time I was not familiar with any of the other authors.
I was satisfied with this anthology after the first five stories. The sixth story was Empathy For Andrew by a WJ Davies. Once I finished reading it I had to stop, I had to come up for air. This short story is one of the best short stories that I have ever read.
I found Davies on Facebook and told him how much I loved his short story. We started talking about possibilities for what could happen with the different characters and the plot. The next thing I know, Davies is telling me how he is going to continue the story.
Months went by, but I never forgot about Empathy For Andrew.
Finally, on September 30, 2015, Empathy For Andrew was released as a novel. I was in the middle of a book and did not want to stop, but I knew this would be the next book I would read. I finished the story I was reading on October 9, 2015, and started Empathy For Andrew the next day.
The Center for Robotic Research takes quality assurance very seriously. Doctor Peter Hawthorne’s newest model, the Empathy 5, may finally have achieved true artificial intelligence–the first machine worthy of being called “alive”. But before these AI units can be certified for mass production, they must undergo intense psychological and emotional trials. After all, when you build a machine, you must try and test it to its very limits. Even to its breaking point.
I had really high expectations for this story.
Davies will grab you from the very beginning and not let go of you until the very last page.
He does a great job with the characters. He makes it really easy to like certain characters and hate others. There are some characters that I did not like but by the end of the story my opinion started to change. The tag line on the front of the book says, “Who is more human?” There were times I had to remind myself that the robots were robots and not human. But then you start to question things because the robots could think and feel just like a human.
The story is full of twists and turns that will leave you guessing until the very end. You will find that the pages fly by.
Every person has a Top 5 or Top 10 books that they love and can’t get enough of. Ready Player One is what I compare others to when I give them a rating. I devoured Ready Player One as I read it. It entertained me and I wanted to read it again as soon as I was done. Empathy For Andrew is the same way. It is only 186 pages long, so some might be able to read it in one day, but those that can’t are guaranteed to lose sleep.
Empathy For Andrew will always stay on my top shelf. It will remain one of my all time favorites.
Leighgendary Rating: 10/10 Stars
You can get Empathy For Andrew on Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle App.
If you would like to learn more about WJ Davies or his stories make sure to visit his website.