The Innocence Machine by Keiko Alvarez
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (69 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 stars Reviewed by Aloe
There’s no such thing as the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Awakened after being cryogenically frozen for forty years, a death row inmate is cleared of a murder by The Innocence Machine, an infallible piece of machinery that has replaced juries and judges. Set free into a landscape ravaged by disease, he searches for his son, the only witness to the murder. There is only one problem—what if The Innocence Machine was wrong?
He was accused of murdering his wife and sentenced to death. As he faded away, he was still denying his guilt. Why is he waking up now?
Ms. Alvarez has written a very interesting story about the future after the apocalypse has arrived. Her main character is a man who is “dead”, but rises again. He was frozen and is brought back to life. However, life has changed irrevocably. The author gives her main character a quest: To find his only living son and reunite with him. It’s a noble cause, but it doesn’t turn out like he planned.
I liked the way the author used the Innocence Machine to prove he wasn’t the murderer then altered the use later in the story. Just who is telling the truth in this story? Another interesting moral conundrum is the fact that there are few men and women left alive and they must reproduce to provide another generation. There’s no love involved here. If the world as we know it ended, these questions could very well be real ones for the survivors.
Ms. Alvarez uses the trauma of devastating disease and death and the uncertainty of life to create a new world where a doctor likes to play “God”. He uses the Innocence Machine to rid the world of murders (or maybe just liars if he doesn’t like them) and he has his own harem. All these concepts are interesting and even believable given the situation and world she builds for them.
The author gives you just enough hints and ideas to keep you reading this story anxious to see how it all ends. The ending is ironic and made me thoughtful. While the world we have now has problems, just how much better would it be with less people and less government? This story will give you a clue. Get a copy of it and see what you think.