Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street.
Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he’ll be switched off, and they’ll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty.
The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad – very mad.
Sometimes death isn’t the end of someone’s life after all.
Bob’s character development was excellent. His tongue-in-cheek reaction to waking up as an A.I. was perfect for the tone of this book. It was also fascinating to see how his personality changed after he adjusted to being a machine and began paying attention to what his programming prompted him to do. It raised a lot of questions in my mind about what it means to be a person and what happens when the line between machine and person is purposefully blurred.
I would have liked to see a little more attention paid to how human society evolved after the main character died. There were a few times when I was confused by what was going on with the humans at first because so much time passed between his interactions with them. It would have been nice to have a clearer understanding about what was going on there. This was a minor criticism of an otherwise wonderful story, though.
The creative plot twists made it impossible for me to stop reading. Mr. Taylor created a complex and vibrant universe that I can’t wait to learn more about. I especially like seeing what he did with Bob after Bob was shot into outer space. While I can’t go into any detail about that section of the storyline without giving away spoilers, it was my favourite part of this character’s adventures so far.
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) should be read by anyone who loves robots, spaceships, and wondering what the distant future will be like.