The Warden by Jon Richter

4 Stars from me

I am delighted to have accidentally been introduced to the author of this book while I was genuinely searching for advancements in use of AI in the care sector.

Totally random misunderstanding meant that we were introduced and I got a copy of The Warden to read and review!

The good news is that I really enjoyed the book (phew). It is set in the not to distant future and had an alarmingly real feel to it.

The latest iteration of Covid has meant that no one is safe to go outside.

The latest advancements in AI tech mean that Alexa is old hat and there is a new, superduper and all powerful AI called James.

These two things combined mean that Eugene and several others find themselves willingly bricked up inside their new homes in a tower block controlled by James. Their every whim is catered for, their every need is met, all they need to do is stay inside…

The Warden is an exciting read with lots of intrigue and suspense along the way, I loved this little glimpse into what looked a lot like our (dystopian) future and wonder just how much of it will relate in 2024…

Blurb: Can you be free if you can’t go outside?

The year is 2024, and the residents of the Tower, a virus-proof apartment building, live in a state of permanent lockdown. The building is controlled by James, who keeps the residents safe but incarcerated.

Behind bricked-up front doors, their every need is serviced; they are pampered but remain prisoners. This suits Eugene just fine. Ravaged by the traumas of his past, the agoraphobic ex-detective has no intention of ever setting foot outside again. But when he finds the Tower’s building manager brutally dismembered, his investigator’s instincts won’t allow him to ignore the vicious crime.

What Eugene finds beyond the comfort of his apartment’s walls will turn his sheltered existence upside down. To unravel the Tower’s mysteries, he must confront James… and James takes his role as the Warden very, very seriously.


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