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First half better than the second half
am 18. Dezember 2012
First off: If you liked the technological aspects of "Daemon" (Suarez's first novel), this book is likely to appeal to you as well, although in the later parts of the book most of the action unfortunately becomes largely predictable. (There are only so many ways in which fight-scenes with the same rigid class of opponents can pan out...)
Others have commented on the rather dry prose of this book and I have to agree. While emotionally his characters remain shallow, Suarez still manages to make them reasonably interesting enough to not bore the reader. This book is somewhat "hard-ish SciFi", so it can be excused when not all characters are depicted in the brightest colors. The only love-scene feels "bolted on", any other hints of romance insincere. All this could have simply been left out without making the book any worse. (The relevant psychology is not quite Suarez territory.)
I occasionally had some trouble keeping my suspension of disbelief intact when stumbling on technical plot-holes or downright unbelievable scenarios, of which there are a few. With all his technical sophistication author nevertheless neglects to adequately explain certain crucial points of the autonomous drone technology which takes the role of the formidable (if faceless) main adversary of the group of protagonists. For instance, I just can not fathom what could serve as suitable power-supply for an autonomous airborne welding robot with electromagnetic feet, or how to build such a device in bulk and cheaply... Suarez certainly doesn't even try to explain any of this to the reader.
The story starts off at a grand scale, but the narrative unfortunately narrows down considerably as it proceeds. It is a shame that the geopolitical ramifications of the events on the first few pages were not explored in more detail later. It has all the hallmarks of an author that has bitten off a bit more than he can chew and towards the second half of the book starts to visibly struggle to at least bring events to a somewhat satisfying conclusion. The latter turns out to manifest itself in a rather classic (and unfortunately boring) showdown.
Still, the journey is its own reward. If you don't mind that only the first half of the book is genuine (and good!) SciFi and the rest is more or less generic techno-thriller, you can derive enjoyment from this and I can recommend reading it.