The characters are underdeveloped but that is in keeping with the whole flavor of the book, as if it had been written by one of its own machine intelligences. Somewhat strange but once I got into it, I liked it.
I rarely review books and was inclined not to get the next book in the series before I read the author's autobiography. Kudos to you, Matthew Chivers! The writing style has not yet matured but it's sufficient and the story is different enough to hold my interest. For someone who has had issues in the past with social interaction, the author is able to develop characters. (My favorite happens to be Silver). Keep writing, Matthew - I will keep reading!