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Thoughtful and thought-provoking.
on 15 October 2015
Chris Beckett writes the type of thoughtful sci-fi that has become hard to find. In the Holy Machine, he explores notions of belief, society, dogma, rationalism and the dehumanising effects on the people and the self through an over-reliance on technology or religion.
The Holy Machine is an interesting read, although perhaps not a thrilling one. There are few moments which will leave you gasping for breath; it's not a rip-roaring page-turner. What The Holy Machine is, is a thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of a possible future, of society, and of consciousness. Beckett's writing is unfussy and unpretentious which is well suited to the material.
The only negatives are: while I'm loathe to give away any plot spoilers, it's unlikely you will be surprised by the way the plot unfolds. Unlike his later works, The God Machine has a tendency to tell rather than show, which is a bit of a shame. However, despite these criticisms, I would happily recommend this novel to anyone keen to read thoughtful sci-fi. If you enjoyed the recent TV series "Humans" I'm confident you will like The Holy Machine.