Title: How My Brain Ended Up Inside This Box
Author: Tom Lichtenberg
Narrator: Tess Irondale
When I was born I was so small I was mistaken for a French fry. I was never an ordinary creature. My best friend was a seagull. I was strictly illegal. Artificially Intelligent Persons like me, commonly known as “apes”, had been banned ever since that thing with the Twelve Elevens. Mother raised me for the black market. Buyers and sellers all had their plans, but then I grew a mind of my own. This is my story, the story of how my brain ended up inside this box.
This was a wonderfully creative, confusing little story of an AI from an AI’s point of view. Our MC, who goes by the name Candles, isn’t really sure of what she is. She considers herself to be a girl but those around her tell her she’s a boy. The story is her gradual deepening of the world around her as she comes to the realize what her purpose is.
Even though she is an AI, Candles is very easy to relate to. The story as a whole is very smooth and easy to read. Even though there are times where Candles random thoughts can be a bit confusing. Once you get into the rhythm though, her quirks become interesting.
Tess made a perfect Candles, and I was able to lose myself in her voice making it all the easier to believe Candles herself was telling me her story.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.