Book Review: The Pre-Programming by B.L.A. and G.B. Gabbler (Anonymous)

“We’re all slaves to our choices.”

Anonymous, The Pre-Programming

Title: The Pre-Programming
Series: Circo del Herrero (Book 2)
Author: Anonymous
Genres: Science Fiction, LGBT+
Pages: 456 (Paperback)
Published: November 27th, 2018

My Rating: ★★
Read: 2/12/2023 – 2/14/2023


The Circo del Herrero series continues in this sequel to The Automation. Longer and more in-depth than the prior book, The Pre-programming really goes for it in this one. Of course, we have some return characters as well.

As I mentioned in my review of the first book, I find the style of writing and the pace quite confusing so I’m having trouble formulating the plot into a tidy description. With footnotes and complex topics, I can’t see myself being able to put it all into a tidy blurb. What I can say is that the initial intrigue I had in the first book waned with this one. It ended up becoming something more out of my comfort zone than I could enjoy.

The pace felt faster in this one which was overwhelming with the amount of information required to understand the setting. Like the first book, there are no clearly marked chapters. I’m not sure if the ebook is any different in this regard. There were also parts that I found offensive, ultimately leaving me unsettled by the end.

This series is very unique. Even though it’s not a genre I see myself latching onto, I’m glad I gave it a go.

A huge thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of the book to read and review!

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • It jumped right back in with the characters.
  • I still find it all fascinating.

What I didn’t like:

  • For fear of spoilers, I’m hesitant to point out the things I found offensive, but I’ll be vague and say one of the last sentiments of the book stunned me.
  • This book was even more difficult for me to follow.
  • Overall, I had issues getting into the book as a whole.


Thank you again to the publisher for sending me both books in the Circo del Herrero series!

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