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Deus Vitae
Deus Vitae
Author: Takuya Fujima
In the year 2068, the Brain Computer (created by humans to be the core of a machine-driven Earth,) has created Selenoids, androids far surpassing the ability of humans. A virtually perfect society has been designed with just one virus in need of elimination: humans! This is the story of Ash Ramy, one of the few surviving humans in the Revolution...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781591827696
ISBN-10: 1591827698
Publication Date: 6/8/2004
Pages: 200
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 2.2/5 Stars.

2.2 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: TokyoPop
Book Type: Paperback
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It's pretty to look at, but the plot is derivative and the characters are uninspiring. Not the most interesting version of "man creates machine, machine achieves sentience, machine multiplies, machines drive mankind nearly to extinction, mankind fights back" you're going to find. And the budding love-at-first sight romance between machine and man doesn't add a whole lot.
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This is the first of a three book series, and while the normal size for a manga, it is only a single 'chapter' followed by a prologue. Yes.... there is a prologue AFTER the story.

The story seems decent enough (beyond the violence and quite a fair amount of nudity) though it comes off more as an imitation of the Matrix. In the first few pages, it shows that the main character has 'magical' powers over computers, which seems to surface with random computer monster tentacles coming out of walls and the ground to kill people, and occasionally do what one would expect tentacles in a manga to do.

The prologue actually explains the back story, sort of, but is rather fragmented in it's delivery. Also, it doesn't explain why machines are being controlled the way that they are in the story. (Unless nukes are just being used as a throwaway excuse, which is rather a weak cop out.)

Still the premise is decent enough so far, it will be interesting to see how it will progress.