A My Chronicle Book Box review: Emily Eternal by M. G. Wheaton

This is an intelligent and engrossing read about what it is to be human under the unimaginable pressure of the end of the world told through the eyes of an empathetic artificial consciousness named Emily. You have to read this!

This book was included in our August 2019 Science Fiction & Fantasy book box.

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My Chronicle Book Box Review: Louise's thoughts...

Emily is an artificial consciousness rather than an artificial intelligence, a distinction which is very important to her. She was created to understand humanity and help people with their problems, a kind of psychotherapist. But the best laid plans...

This is a story of humanity on the brink of apocalypse, but not like any I have read before. Emily has a charm and warmth that makes her at times seem like the most human of all. Emily Eternal is a high tech, tense thriller and yet Emily is a ray of light and hope, yearning to help.

The unimaginable pressure of the end of the world being imminent brings out the best and worst in people and Emily’s creators look to her for salvation though she was never created for such a purpose. If nothing else Emily delivers a message of hope when drastic measures are the only options.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and getting to know MG Wheaton better through the exclusive interview. We asked Mark to share 5 things with us he would like his readers to know and he gave us the most unique response we have ever received from an author with an art theme. Mark also signed limited edition book plates for us too.


Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 23 April 2019

Publisher Synopsis:

Meet Emily – she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind’s deepest secrets and even fix your truck’s air con, but unfortunately, she can’t restart the Sun.

Emily is an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.

So, her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome. But before her solution can be tested, her lab is brutally attacked, and Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions – college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra.

As the sun’s death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. But before long it becomes clear that it’s not only the species at stake, but also that which makes us most human.


‘A visionary work of science fiction’ Blake Crouch, author of DARK MATTER

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