As I wrote in my review of the first book in this series, We are Legion, this series took me by surprise with the clean story, light hearted humor and challenging conflicts, while exploring intelligently how an unsuspecting human turned A.I. might discover the secrets of the galaxy. To elaborate on what I mean by “clean” in the story, I mean this isn’t a tough read to grasp. It is very intelligent, but written in a way that allows the reader to sit back and enjoy the story instead of feeling behind and like one has to slow down to catch all the plot points and character information. So far this year, this is easiest escape in reading.
The sequel continues to challenge our hero-A.I. with new threats and upstarts from ones he met in the first book. As I write this, I’m faced with every part I want to get excited about being a spoiler for those who haven’t read this, so I’ll just say that after loving the first book, For We Are Many exceeded my lofty expectations for how the story could expand and face greater conflict that we predicted in the first book. I love seeing how many reviews this book has because it and all who took part in its production deserve every bit of its success.
I listened to the audiobook produced by Audible Studios and narrated by Ray Porter, one of my top 3 narrators across any genre. Overall, I loved the production and experience of the audio format. The humor is delivered well; characters stand out even among the growing number of A.I.’s ; and the tension hits just as it should. My one complaint is that there are not a few places where new lines were inserted from separate reading environments that I wish would have been replicated in however they filter/edit so that it was more seamless. With a production as high quality as this, the bumps are forgiven, but I’d still like to see that fixed in future books.
In conclusion, my highest recommendation to the Bobiverse for readers interested in a fun space exploration by an every day computer coder resurrected into an A.I. space commander… with multiple personalities mimicking characters ranging from Star Trek to The Simpsons.