Don’t know a thing about this – just picked it up in an Audible sale because I need to read more science fiction
I can definitely tell this was written by a man – it starts off with a gallantry fantasy and it doesn’t get much better.
Seriously don’t like the representation of women and girls – they’re there for sex, to look pretty, to get things wrong or be the damsel in distress.
A whole lot of scientific details on machines and not a lot of focus on characterisation.
Gabrielle is the one female character treated with respect and I wish this story was about her rather than Greg – her special powers are intriguing and frightening.
Really despise the political ideologies expressed in the book and it’s very distracting.
English names that I recognise feel rather odd in such a strange world – I have a feeling that the author really loves Peterborough.
Extremely slow pace in the middle and the stakes don’t feel high enough.
And I feel like they’re just laying on the villain’s scumminess on too thick to make us hate him – it just makes me dislike Julia more for throwing her friend at him out of a schoolgirl grudge.
Bombastic ending scenes still feel very slow and the misunderstandings due to lack of communication are infuriating.
Like the truly scary moment when augmentations are all temporarily turned off – the character is left truly vulnerable and that needed more than a quick fix. In fact, most of the things that are genuinely interesting are just glossed over in favour of more science minutiae.
Effort I took to get to the end of it was not worth it – it’s just your common or garden male, right-wing wish fulfilment science fiction fantasy and I’m definitely not continuing the series.