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For We Are Many by Dennis E.  Taylor
"Let me begin by saying that I FINISHED FIRST! Yep, this was a buddy-read with (amongst others) Brad and I FINISHED FIRST.

Ironically, this goofy reaction is exactly something one of the Bobs would have done too (so yes, it fits the theme).

This is the second book in the Bobiverse series and it was wonderful again. Sure, some say that it's a bit slow because of the science and exploration and different locations, but that is exactly what I love (apart from the fantastic narrator, Ray Porter, in the audio version).
We follow a number of Bobs all over different solar systems that watch the Deltans (that's Bob#1), finding new planets, even other sentient species, a number help humanity out of sol so we don't die out ... and some make less positive encounters.

All the Bobs are actually very distinct. I can't name each and every one off the bat (there are over 30 now, 8 generations of replicants) but if you give me a name, I can actually give you a characterization, which is a huge strength of the author.
Another strength is that the story is compelling despite not being space opera with huge battles with lots of explosions and black holes devouring planets. Instead, we get realistic exploration, discovery, evolution ... and great implications about science and moral.
Thrown in is nerdiness galore, just enough easter eggs to make it perfect for someone like me, funny situations, a great sense of humour that doesn't make the story too comical, and a fair amount of action.

One of the finer points that is explored through the story is the humanity of the Bobs. It's one of the reasons why I hated The Faith so much (view spoiler)[and why I was full of Schadenfreude when (and how) Ryker and one other Bob got rid of the obnoxious Faith-President with a political move and the people of the colony voted for a secular democracy (hide spoiler)]! :D
Also, just follow Howard's story with the Irish scientist! (view spoiler)[What a love story! I felt sooo much for him - time and time again! Although he still suffered when losing his friend despite that guy having married his love. (hide spoiler)]
Or (view spoiler)[the betrayal of Bob#1 by the Deltans - how's that for gratitude (hide spoiler)]?!
The greatest blow, however, was (view spoiler)[what happened to Homer in Sol. Not only did the creator of the replicant-ism turn on his own creation, he was so cruel about it! Poor Homer killed himself (which I fully understand but still mourned heavily) and I was sooo rooting for the whole revenge thing Ryker pulled (hide spoiler)].

We also got some huge adversary here. I mean, a Dyson Sphere! So cool! Can't wait to see more of that.

So many things to think about (like how it would be to have so many reincarnations of myself, what this kind of freedom and immortality would mean to me to name just two). Seriously, it's a good thing that book #3 is almost ready to be recorded for Audible so we won't have to wait too long. This is one of the best scifi books I've read in quite a while.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>"

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