On a routine trip across the asteroid field, the robot, Del, and unregistered AI, Vee, meet trouble. With Captain Law and his crew having been put into stasis, their only chance of survival will mean placing themselves at the mercy of what few resources they have. Without a human to assist them, Del and Vee will be vulnerable and so too will the ship and all the lives on board.
Despite their best efforts to avoid unwanted visitors, another ship is en route. Their arrival does not guarantee the safety of those on board, and may ultimately lead to their demise.
With his position on the ship on the line, can Del stave off an attack or are their deaths inevitable?
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Bonds of Steel is the third instalment in the Law and Crucible Saga. Once again, we’re reunited with Captain Law and his crew. There’s a slight twist to this story though, because of complications, the entire crew is put into stasis and the ship is being ‘run’ by Vee, the ship’s AI, and Del, the assisting robot.
I was quite intrigued to see what could possibly happen with Vee and Del in charge, in a sense. We see the events through their eyes which alone had be giddy. It’s not often that a robot or AI is the main character of sorts. Del was a bit skeptical about Vee and so was I. I thought she’d try to steal the ship but she just has a warped sense of protecting her crew.
I really liked how this story was laid out. Del and Vee aren’t stupid. They’re basically computers, of course they’re smart. I felt as if both of them had feelings and were capable of actually caring about what happened. Del was a bit paranoid and even went as far as to attempt to go against his programming.
I want to know more about Law and what other things these AI and Robot duo can catch on to. Great writing, great plot execution.
This was only the fourth short story I have read from Ioana Visan and she is climbing the ranks in my book. I jumped at the opportunity when I saw that I could review these books. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store.
Read: 14 November 2015
Publication Date: 15 December
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Ioana Visan