Book Review: An Unnatural Life by Erin K Wagner


A side pofile of a robot's face.An excellent premise for a book - if an AI is accused of murder, should it be faced with a jury of its peers? But I just found it a bit flat and disappointing.

This could have been a fascinating courtroom drama, or spacey whodunnit, or even a philosophical investigation into the nature of guilt.

Instead, it's just a plodding legal procedural which spends an awful lot of time on the domestic relations of the protagonist, and hardly any on the world-building.

There's an interwoven story which tries to raise the spectre of alien life deep beneath the surface. But it never intersects with the main plot. Perhaps it was an allegory I just wasn't clever enough to get.

It isn't a bad story. But I found it just a bit too obvious and slow-paced.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: An Unnatural Life by Erin K Wagner

  1. Pavel says:

    I'm not sure if you've read it, but Illegal Alien by Robert J. Sawyer is a fun courtroom drama concerning aliens; it has a good mix of courtroom scenes, legal discussion, and actual alien adventure!

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