Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
I am Waltz is what I would call a popcorn book, basically it’s the same idea as it’s movie counterpart. Fun, light and airy and too not complex or serious. It was an interesting story with all the required components; a variety of cool technology, a kid and robot best friend named Waltz, and the band of teenagers who work together to save the world. It’s set in the year 2036 and it’s a little like West World meets The Terminator with a splash of the movie AI.
Like West World, one of the bots becomes self-aware. IRIS discovers this bot is missing, has become self-aware and decides they must destroy it. IRIS also tries kill everyone who might know a bot is free from control by the evil overlords. This ends poorly as the attempt to cover up the missing bot sparks a revolution. There are those who think all machines, including bots should be free from control.
There are some inconsistencies that exist here and there, but hey, it’s science fiction, and since when didn’t an inconsistency happen in a sci-fi story. I can see this book appealing to anyone who likes technology, video games, or the robot future. Especially nerds and techies from YA and on up, and yes, this nerd/technology fan is included. It’s a fast paced read with plenty of action to keep your interest. For a debut book in the sci-fi genre, I give Matthew Dho props on I Am Waltz.
Length: 274 Pages
Release date: February 6, 2018
In the year 2036, the world is a very controlled place. Robots owned by a single corporation named IRIS have filled the vast majority of jobs. Nearly everyone works for IRIS subsidies. Crime has been all but eliminated, with the exception of actions from anti-AI groups labeled as terrorist organizations by the government.
While most humans live in massive cities, Kyle Conscentia spends his days with his father in the Nevada desert. Day in and day out, Kyle’s father recaptures the consciousness of robots to perform hardware upgrades. The two lived a comfortable blue-collar life until Kyle’s 16th birthday, when things changed forever.
Matthew D. Dho, biography
Matthew D. Dho grew up in Phoenix and attended Arizona State University studying literature and film before settling in Seattle where he currently resides. A lifelong fan of science-fiction and fantasy, Dho quickly became obsessed with the idea of artificial intelligence and its connection to humanity. After spending years researching artificial intelligence, futurism, and themes around the technological singularity, he started writing the first book in his Sci-FI trilogy, “I Am Waltz”.