In an artificial intelligence lab in Shanghai, something has gone terribly wrong. Days after a major breakthrough in machine learning, CyberGen Industries' lead AI scientist is dead—and their precious prototype has vanished into the ether. An investigation reveals that, against all odds, the lab's “unhackable” system has been breached.
The discovery, an algorithm mimicking human intelligence, is growing quickly—becoming more cunning and unpredictable with each passing hour. Soon its capabilities will eclipse its creators entirely.
Who stole it? And more troubling, what do they plan to do with it?
Ex-NSA hacker Adrian Pryor may be the only person on the planet capable of reining it in. He spent his career keeping the world safe, a vigilance for which he paid an enormous, personal price. Adrian knows there are people who will stop at nothing to control the powerful technology. He must find a way to do the impossible: to stop them, and to outmaneuver a rival more clever, more powerful, and more alien than anything he has ever seen.
Grounded in real-world science, Sara Yager’s wildly inventive debut brings advanced AI to life, illuminating a frightening, all-too-real truth about the future: we are one breakthrough away from inventing ourselves out of existence.
Plot/Idea: The author has crafted a fast but evenly paced work which captivates the reader right out of the gate. This is a well-planned thriller that combines danger, adventure, and artificial intelligence.
Prose: The prose here is top notch. The author is able to skillfully intersperse technology with mystery and action to keep readers at the edge of their seats. The reader cannot help but get sucked into Adrian's story.
Originality: Concerns about AI are widespread, making this novel--while not entirely unique--highly timely and prescient.
Character/Execution: Adrian Pryor is a nuanced character who, despite his exceptional skills, remains relatable. Readers will appreciate the humanity and vulnerability he displays throughout the novel as he finds himself embroiled in a high-stakes hunt for stolen technology.
Date Submitted: August 31, 2023
"The Doomsday Code is a masterfully paced thrill ride set in the rich tapestry of near-future China. It offers chillingly plausible scenarios that carry real weight."
“Well-researched fact . . . or masterfully constructed fiction? You decide. Either way, impossible to put down.”
“Edge of your seat suspense. Let’s hope this isn’t a forecast into our future.”