The Naked Mind
Reviewed by Tracey Rock for Reader Views (09/13)
When Michael Crawford created his special prototype robot, he knew that she was special. Laura was as close to becoming human-like as anyone had ever created. She was his grandest masterpiece and there was nothing like this on the market. Only, this experiment was costly. A bit too costly for Michael’s company. So, when orders came down from Michael’s boss to end his project, he was devastated.
Laura was to be terminated immediately and he would have to be the one to do. At first, he was going to do as he was told. He walked into his lab to shut down his experiment; but instead, he decides to finish the experiment he was working on with Laura. He would share his brain with her. Once the two become linked, Laura is able to feel his emotions and read his thoughts. It is not long before she discovers that she is to be terminated. Still tied to Michael’s emotions, she begs him to not to “kill her”. Realizing he made a mistake by giving her this awareness, he shuts down the experiment and leaves. What he didn’t realize however, was that she had already scanned his brain, and is able to use this information to formulate a plan of her own to escape. Once free, she finds Michael, and once again asks for help. Surprised but excited to see her, Michael agrees to find a safe place for her. This time, they go to a memory locker where she sheds her physical body and only her memory is stored securely. Once there, she is able to decompress and expand her knowledge which begins to grow at an excessive rate. With her power and knowledge, she develops her own quantum computer brain - pure energy. With her abilities, she has more power and control than anyone, and now, she is on a mission.
Geoffrey Mann has written a very interesting book. This is a sci-fi thriller with a love story woven throughout. Please note however, that there is a sexual aspect of this story that was uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind reading about characters having sex. I have read my share of books like these and then some. Only, when I was reading this particular book, it seemed like I was reading a personal fantasy instead of a novel and it made for an uncomfortable read. The writing itself had an even flow and pace; but I think I could have enjoyed the book a lot better without this bit of salaciousness.