Einna is a lot like other teenage girls, naive, idealistic, secretive, disobedient and interested in boys. Only Einna is not human, she is an A.I. android. Her creator, her mother, is Manaka Yagami, the first female tech billionaire. Einna has a plan to make herself human, if she can keep Mother in the dark and avoid the clutches of the notorious Yakuza.
“Oh, what a dark and dreary tune is the beating of my heart.”
I found reading Our Only Chance to be, quite to my pleasant surprise, something I couldn’t put down. Else has envisioned a world in which a young and socially inexperienced child genius, called Manaka, almost singlehandedly brings into fruition the bionic evolution of mankind.
It begins with a gradual build-up of a coming-of-age approach done so well that I couldn’t even bother to suspend my disbelief. With small steps, the program that is Einna, slowly and carefully comes to life – in every sense of the word. As this little android struggles to find her purpose in life and all of its upheavals, the search for her own soul becomes the centerpiece of this force that drives her as she searches for her own soul.
Of course, if Einna can’t find her soul she’ll just make one.
Influenced by strong Asian themes, Our Only Chance is a very interesting take on the concept of artificial intelligence. Plagued by the sinister Tagona-san and his shady dealings in the background, you being to wonder what lengths he’ll go to in order to have his own personal army of androids.
All in all, this was a very entertaining read.
“Would I be any less real if I lived only in your mind?”
― Rich Shapero,