The Forward Collection is an original collection of Sci-fi stories published by Amazon and written by some of the best known authors these days. I must say that I quite liked them, but not all of them blew me away. In fact, I had expected more.
I loved the first half of You Have Arrived At Your Destination by Amor Towles. It took an interesting look at the idea of ‘designer babies’, and the use of genetic engineering to pre-program the lives of children. However, the second half just didn’t live up to the expectations I had after reading the first half.
Ark by Veronica Roth was one I went into without high expectations, as it had a low rating. However, I found it quite interesting and enjoyable. I felt like the story did a good job with what it was trying to achieve-capture the atmosphere of a pre-apocalyptic scenario when scientists are desperate to preserve what theycan.
This one I would say, was good, but not great. The concept behind it-of an AI (or in this case, a video game character) gaining sentience is something that has been done to death. So, not the most original concept, and parts of it were predictable, but all the same an enjoyable read.
Randomize had a fun concept. It followed the idea of quantum computing being used in casinos, and con artists taking advantage of that. It was a fun story, but nothing great, in my opinion.
This was my favourite story of the collection. It had a unique narrative style, and a lot of depth. The premise is kind of hard to explain, but it is set long after the colonization of space, and follows a person returning to Earth.
This was my second favourite story. It was really unique, and the ending quite blew me away.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5