Originally having started as a self-published Kindle book, The Life Engineered by J-F. Dubeau is now receiving a second welcome to the publishing world through Inkshares. Dubeau was one of the winners for a contest through Inkshares and was chosen to be a part of the popular blog Sword & Laser’s book collection. The Life Engineered is seeing the world for the second time in print form and with a whole new audience of readers who eagerly await its publication.
Humanity is not present in the year 3594. They act more as memories of legend as their creations, a race of robots known as Capeks, have created a civilization of their own, prospering and working together in harmony to prepare for the return of their creators. A rescue and repair Capek named Dagir upon her creation is witness to the destruction of the sentient facility that created her. Murder is unknown to the peaceful Capeks and the murder of the facility causes sides to form and clash with one another. Dagir knows she cannot stop the civil war that is brewing, but she knows she can try to find the killer while also discovering revelations on the human ancestors she has never met before.
With his first ever published work and the first in his new series, Dubeau has created a fascinating science fiction world and introduces it briefly in The Life Engineered. Brief is not meaning the world is barely introduced, but more that the world is introduced rather quickly. The story itself was rather quick paced and poor Dagir seemed to be thrust into the middle of everything just as fast. This was both great and a bit of a letdown: it was great for the readers felt just like Dagir as they read, being introduced to everything for the first time and learning as she went, but it was a letdown for readers who wanted to take the time to read and learn more about the world (rather the galaxy) Dagir had been created into. And yet, to learn more about an author’s world, readers will simply have to wait for the publication of more books.
A major theme of the book and one many die hard readers may fan over is the mythology referenced throughout. The names of the Capeks are taken from various mythologies well-known (Greek, Roman, Norse, etc.) and not as well-known (Hawaiian, Japanese, etc.). Dubeau clearly did his research as he introduced each of the characters and kept certain Capek classes matched together to the designated mythological names they were given. Readers who are familiar with various mythologies may become excited upon reading a name they are familiar with. For readers who are unfamiliar with or have never read any form of mythology may do some research of their own after The Life Engineered.
The Capeks themselves are each very unique and act more human than they perhaps realize. And there are so many of them introduced in just The Life Engineered, readers will surely find one they really like and will be curious to see what other Capeks will be introduced in future books. Upon reading about the characters and the various classes of Capeks, readers may find it tricky to follow who is who at times; however, at the back of the book lies a glossary that will help answer any questions readers may have about Capek classes, which character is which Capek, different types of space travel, and much more. Readers will also find one more addition after the glossary: an excerpt from Dubeau’s sequel to The Life Engineered.
A quick, but fascinating start to a new writer’s new science fiction series, The Life Engineered is an excellent read for fans of sci-fi and a wonderful addition to bookshelves everywhere. The quick paced storytelling will have readers tackling much of Dubeau’s world and eager to learn more about it in future books. Dagir and many of the main characters readers follow are incredibly likeable and fans of mythology may find a Capek named after their favorite mythological character. The Life Engineered will have many more readers with its second publication and will fascinate many more readers to come.