A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins
(Penguin Press, 2012, 336 pages)
Neill is at a strange point in his life. He’s in his 30s still living in the apartment he shared with his ex-wife. He’s started a relationship with Rachel, who is 20 and belongs to a strange cult. And his job is to work on a computer all day that has been uploaded with all of his father’s journals, who committed suicide years ago. Neill and his partners are trying to construct the first intelligent computer but the more successful they are, the more Neill starts to doubt his past. The computer, Dr. Bassett, is obsessed with the year 1976, which is strangely the year Neill was born and the year journals are missing out of his collection. Now Neill must discover what happened in the past so Dr. Bassett can move on to his unknown future.
I love weird books and this was a weird book. It centered around Neill’s personal relationship with Rachel and his professional life with Dr. Bassett. Throughout the book, it was difficult to see how the two stories connected but in the end, everything made sense. My favorite thing about Neill was his weird sense of humor and thought process. There were some choices that I just couldn’t understand but seemed to help Neill and his relationships.