Nature versus nurture. AI versus a conscientious being.Trust, ethics, conspiracies, the end of the world. This started like an excellent thriller with strong elements of Hard SF /end of the world / AI. Very promising. Murderbot was cheering me on in the background.
By the time the main protagonists of this story were on the run full tilt, the story crashed for me. It lost its way and turned into a hot mess of uneven pacing, plot bunnies popping up and going in all kinds of directions, teenage romance and the scientific credibility going out of the window. I almost tossed this towards the end, because it got too ridiculous for words.
The audio narration was not bad.
This went from a happy 5 stars down to 1 or 2 „what the heck happened“ sparkles.