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Picospores picks up exactly where The Dawn of AI left off. In the first book, some questions were answered and many more were raised. The ending was suspenseful, including a cliffhanger that continues and expands the masterfully created story author Ryan LeKodak weaved in the second installment.

The world as we know it doesn’t exist anymore. After the events of The Dawn of AI, humanity is trying to find the strength to adapt and move on. Three years have passed since the events of the first book. Destruction and casualties are noticeable in every corner people look. The future seems gloomy and uncertain.

The narration continues in the third person and the protagonists from the first book remain integral to the story’s development. Ndidi, the head of an autism research center, is trying to pick up the pieces after a devastating family accident; DJ, the Navy Seal, is patiently following his superiors’ commands and is sent to numerous boring missions with CJ, his recently recruited computer and MIT graduate genius brother; and Manar, the chief programmer of a world renowned company, is now the CEO desperately trying to find a way to fix the biggest mistake he ever made, which was also his greatest success. New characters enter the chessboard and old villains enrich the story.

The title is carefully chosen as it is a crucial part of the story. Picospores, like nanites, work at the cellular and subcellular levels within the human body. Like core processors, they can be programmed and actively controlled. They can speed up the formation of fibrils or even other proteins, helping with regeneration. Picospores may not be as action-packed as The Dawn of AI but it is an indispensable part of the series. It mostly works as a built up for the explosive final battle. Throughout the book, the character development unfolds carefully and provides the reader with essential information in order to fully comprehend the protagonists. It ends with a much better cliffhanger than the first book, preparing the ground for what’s next to come.

Once again, the plot is well orchestrated and masterfully executed. The stakes are higher than ever, uneventful alliances form, secrets are revealed, and no one is safe because the AI is always a step ahead. Ryan LeKodak doesn’t disappoint but gives little pieces to the puzzle known as the PAPER War series.

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Author Ryan LeKodak
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 480 pages
Publisher RandallVision
Publish Date 29-Jun-2023
ISBN 9798987974216
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Issue July 2023
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy