Kev Quirk

For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2)

We Are Many book cover

โœ๏ธ Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
๐Ÿท Genre: Sci-fiโ€Š/โ€Šfantasy
๐Ÿ—“ Published: 18th April 2017
๐Ÿ“„ Pages: 321
๐Ÿง My rating: โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ€Š/โ€Š4 stars

Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for 40 years now, looking for habitable planets. But thatโ€™s the only part of the plan thatโ€™s still in one piece. A system-wide war has killed off 99.9% of the human race; nuclear winter is slowly making the Earth uninhabitable; a radical group wants to finish the job on the remnants of humanity; the Brazilian space probes are still out there, still trying to blow up the competition; And the Bobs have discovered a spacefaring species that sees all other life as food.

Bob left Earth anticipating a life of exploration and blissful solitude. Instead heโ€™s become a sky god to a primitive native species, the only hope for getting humanity to a new home, and possibly the only thing that can prevent every living thing in the local sphere from ending up as dinner.

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I continue to really enjoy the Bobiverse series and Iโ€™m becoming more engaged with the characters. When I first started reading Bobiverse, with one person was cloning himself left, right and centre, I thought it might get a bit repetitive. But it hasnโ€™t yet.

Taylor manages to give each Bob their own identity and nuance. He does this by the use of forcing every new Bob to pick a new name, and cleverly focussing on how the different Bobโ€™s appear to demonstrate exaggerated traits from original Bobโ€™s personality. This results in having very different Bobs, but it does make the inter-mingling storylines difficult to follow aa the Bobiverse grows. Especially since there are like 25 Bobs by the end of this book.

Bob-1, the original artificial Bob, spends most of this book being somewhat of a God to a sentient civilisation he dubbed The Deltans. For me, this and relocating the inhabitants of Earth to other systems, are the best storylines in the book.

Then thereโ€™s the storyline of The Others; the main antagonists in this book. Honestly, Iโ€™ve felt a little let down by this story so far. The Others feel like a mashup between The Borg from Star Trek and The Vogons from Hitchhikerโ€™s Guide.

Because of this, the storyline felt a little unoriginal to me, but it wasnโ€™t a deal-breaker and only marginally impacted what was a great book. Plus, I think thereโ€™s way more to come from The Others in the next book.

No doubt Iโ€™ll be writing about that soon, so watch this space!

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