MOM – Collin Piprell
Series: Magic Circles
Author: Collin Piprell
Author Location: Vancouver, BC born, living in Thailand
Publisher: Common Deer Press
Publication Date: April 2017
Back Cover Copy:
A GOD IS BORN!
TOO BAD ABOUT THE PERSONALITY DISORDER
So reads the graffito.
MOM is the mall operations manager—the greatest intelligence in history, a machine awakened to self-awareness at a time when the last few human survivors have withdrawn to the last two remaining refuges on Earth. Quarantined from the global nanobot superorganism outside the malls and from each other inside, the mallsters are utterly dependent on MOM for everything—including the ever-more suspect information they’re getting about the world Outside.
Now the malls are crumbling.
If you’re looking for a typical guns-in-space kind of science fiction novel, you’re in the wrong place. If, however, you’re looking for a science fiction exploration into the human condition during a time in which humans are becoming extinct, you are in for a mind-blowing treat.
Collin Piprell forced the human race into near extinction in his new novel MOM in a new, refreshing way—by that I mean not through a zombie apocalypse—through sterilization. He plays with artificial intelligence so advanced it has become self-aware and has become the manager, or mother, of the few remaining humans. While reading, you’re left to wonder who is human, who is AI, and who is really dead—and the reality is revealed only when you absolutely need to know.
Piprell’s novel gave me flashbacks to a post-modern literature course I took in university, and I loved every moment of it. I’ll warn you, MOM is not an afternoon tea on the balcony kind of leisure read. This book will make you think. Not only about the possibility of human extinction, but the state of the world when it happens. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of re-reading it, but I’m sure it’s a Shutter Island type book where you pick up on different clues and experience something different each time you go through it.
If you are looking for a book that will make you question everything—life, humanity, and Earth as we know it today—definitely pick up MOM by Collin Piprell.
Ellen is a freelance fiction editor, book reviewer, research assistant for Simon Fraser University, marketing coordinator for WCSFA, and member volunteer for Editors’ Association of Canada. As of September 2017, she will also be a master’s student of publishing at SFU. You can contact her via ellenmichelle.com for any editing queries and at email@example.com for book review queries.