The Life Engineered

The Life Engineered

by JF Dubeau


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The Life Engineered by JF Dubeau

"J-F. Dubeau’s The Life Engineered is a real page turner for anyone interested in science fiction and good literature. It brought a smile to my face as some passages made me reminisce of my own time spent aboard Galactica as a Raptor pilot!" — Leah Cairns, Battlestar Galactica and Interstellar

JF Dubeau’s debut novel, The Life Engineered begins in the year 3594, where humanity is little more than a memory—a legend of the distant past destined to reappear. Capeks, a race of artificial creatures originally created by humans, have inherited the galaxy and formed a utopian civilization built on the shared goal of tirelessly working to prepare for their makers’ return.

One moment a cop dying in the line of duty in Boston, the next “reborn” as a Capek, Dagir must find her place in this intricate society. That vaguely remembered “death” was but the last of hundreds of simulated lives, distilling her current personality. A robot built for rescue and repair, she finds her abilities tested immediately after her awakening when the large, sentient facility that created her is destroyed, marking the only instance of murder the peaceful Capeks have ever known. For the first time in their history, conflicting philosophies clash, setting off a violent civil war that could lay waste to the stars themselves.

Dagir sets off on a quest to find the killers, and finds much more than she sought. As the layers of the Capeks’ past peel away to reveal their early origins, centuries-old truths come to light. And the resulting revelations may tear humanity’s children apart—and destroy all remnants of humankind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941758595
Publisher: Inkshares
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Series: World Engineered Series
Pages: 175
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

With a deep fascination for science, JF Dubeau's inspiration for writing books comes from the clash of thought and science, ultimately, how this tension will affect the human race. Dubeau currently works as a graphic designer, telling other people's stories in images and brands. When not writing books, in his spare time he writes and illustrates a web comic called The Eldritch Age .

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The Life Engineered 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Novel idea. Not like the fantasy crap that is cluttering the sci-fi genre.
guthron More than 1 year ago
This is an intriguing world, a universe void of humans, yet filled with such human feelings and perspectives. The author perfectly captures what being human in a robot could very well be like. Full of likable characters, plot twists, and a unique universe filled with familiar elements, you will not regret reading this book.
Montzalee Wittmann More than 1 year ago
The Life Engineered by J-F Dubeau is a powerful and awesome sci-fi book that should be a movie! I am an old woman and have been reading sci-fi since I was a small child and have been a sci-fi geek since. I read hundreds of books a year and this book is in the top 10 books I have ever read in the sci-fi category. I loved it! I won this book from Goodreads and I am so glad I did, and it is a real book, no ebook! The setting is far in the future where Earth was going to be inhabitable so humans planned to go into stasis until it was safe. The main scientist's wife didn't trust the robots to protect and wake them so she convinced her husband to make it so only the last generation of robots, and only a special few, would know when and where to find them and wake them. Two thousand years later, her paranoia paid off. The story is about a select few of these unique sentient creatures that are for and against humans, even though humans seem to be a thing of legend at this point. Robots have inherited the galaxy and tirelessly formed a society throughout the system. The author draws you in from the very beginning and through out the book you learn the society, the wonderful variety of robots, their abilities, and why this new robot is special. This book has all the action, adventure, thrills, emotions, uniqueness, intrigue, and twists you would not expect from a book about robots. The characters so well developed and complex and the plot is excellent with lots of unexpected turns and surprises. I can't wait for his next book. I hope a director picks this book up and reads it so we can some day see it on the big screen as I have seen it in my imagination! Wonderful job! I will be watching this author!
Muttcafe More than 1 year ago
The Life Engineered is the most marvelous and innovative science fiction novel that I've read in quite some time. Imagine a world where your nature, your evolved self determines the form your body takes and the abilities it has. Imagine a world of creation, free of conflict. This is the world inherited by the capeks, a race of sentient artificial beings. This is the world that Dagir (Day) is born into, moments before her creator/mother Yggdrasil is destroyed - an unprecedented act of murder. By nature, Dagir is both a healer and a seeker of truth, and the search for the destroyers draws her into the secrets of the past, the origin of the capeks, and the hidden remnants of humanity. The capeks are not robots, nor are they androids replicating human emotion. They are each unique in body, personality, and function. Their design is an extension of their selves and their desires. There is such magnificent variety amongst them, from the planet sized Gaia class and the sleek Sputnik class explorers to the Von Neumann swarms. Dubeau's universe is complex and beautiful. I was engrossed by the story, but more than that I was entranced by the richly imagined background. Good science fiction not only tells an amazing story, it envelops the reader in a vastly different world. Good science fiction not only describes the impossible, it makes the reader believe. The Life Engineered made me believe - and that in my book makes it unforgettable. 5/5 I received a copy of The Life Engineered from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I keep trying to write a review that will tell people how much i liked this story and how much i want other people to read it but every time i try it just seems like my review is loaded with words that will scare some readers off. I work at a book store and i notice when i say words like "post-humanism" or "trans -humanism" that a reader can be intimidated by a book that they feel they won't be able to understand. That said, i would highly recommend this book to anyone who knows those words or doesn't. At it's heart is great story about action, adventure and motherhood. Seriously. If you are skeptical them just read 3 chapters. It will suck you in. It will be great. Please read this great book. (As an aside to Mr. Dubeau, that teaser for the sequel was such a cliffhanger. Thank you for teasing me with a story i won't be able to read for awhile grrrr).
Michael Sebby More than 1 year ago
In a sci-fi market saturated with "us vs. them" tales between robots and humanity, Dubeau is more hopeful in his depiction of our artificial counterparts. In this future, the Capeks are a race of robots who experience everything that makes us human with the added complication of being, well... robots. Through them, we navigate complex themes that add a lot of depth to this story and its characters. The Capeks ultimately offer a reflection of their own creators: us. This is a refreshing take on what artificial intelligence entails, and Dubeau does an excellent job anchoring it into a compelling story.