"Winter reveals his world slowly and subtly, forcing you to follow his trail of clues even as his detectives follow their own—unraveling two mysteries at once. In sparse, hardboiled prose, he invests real warmth into a human/robot friendship and finds time between shootouts to ask fascinating questions about the future of both species."
– Isaac Marion, New York Times bestselling author of WARM BODIES
“Winter does his worldbuilding gracefully… Robots may not be so different from humans in this fast-paced futuristic mystery.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“In what’s bound to be one of the most creative works of the year, most humans are long-dead from plague, and the few that are left have decided to embark upon an experiment—they will live together, in a community of humans, known as 'The Preserve.' Soon enough, the murder of a cyborg threatens to disrupt relations between humans and robots, and one of the last human police officers must use the creativity bots haven’t yet discovered how to mimic in order to solve the crime.”
– CrimeReads, "The Most Anticipated Crime Books of Fall"
“Full of smart commentary about the current state of America, Ariel S. Winter’s THE PRESERVE is set in a not-too-distant future after a plague led to a robot uprising.”
– PopSugar, "Best New Books of November"
“THE PRESERVE has thematic echoes of Isaac Asimov’s R. Daneel Olivaw stories, C. Robert Cargill’s Sea of Rust, and Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse, but at the same time it carves out its own niche, presenting a postapocalyptic world that is technologically robust (quite similar to our own in many ways) and socially complex. Fascinating, and, with its talk of organized antirobot groups and ‘human supremacists,’ definitely relevant to today’s readers.”
"This dark, sprawling story is sure to keep you up at night and leave your head spinning."
– The Portalist
“Fascinating on many levels...very thought-provoking.”
“[A] Blade Runner-meets-Westworld style world... The Preserve is a quick and enjoyable read that treats the AI concept with originality. It surpasses the tropes of typical dystopian novels by drawing readers into mystery rather than the hopelessness of the human race. And the easy, caring relationship between Jesse and Kir remains at the forefront of the story, adding a layer of complexity by evoking sympathy for both sides of the conflict.”
– San Francisco Review of Books