on June 6, 2013 :
This is a fantastic book. Luckily I started reading it when I had the whole day free, because I literally could not stop reading until I finished it, even staying up all night to do so. It had me on the edge of my seat because I really wanted to know what would happen. I can not wait until the next book comes out.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on June 3, 2013 :
The author creates a complex futuristic world in which the characters are exposed to number of obstacles in a politically divided environment. There is a clear message of philosophical dilemma about the path the humanity is taking. It is expressed in the contrast between the emotionally charged Morgan and the technological world where she has to be pragmatic and efficient to survive the demands of everyday life. The contrast of this world is also evident in Hiri's abilities who possess mind power to control other humans and aliens in this highly technically developed world. There are twists and turns that keep the reader anxious to find out what happens next. What is most satisfactory to me as a reader is that the characters develop throughout the story, the author places them in difficult situations, shows their actions, reveals their thoughts and at the end both Hiri and Morgan emerge as people who have gained wisdom through experiences in life,love and power of the mind. It is interesting that the author has chosen to portray strong female characters – Morgan – young, ambitious and driven and Link Mother-older, gone through her battles,carrying her power with dignity. Apart from creating powerful images of the world, which shows great writing skill, each character is well described and feels real. I like the background history of each of them and that the writer keeps consistent to their quirks and features through dialogue, description of their actions and their thoughts. For instance - Hiri's laid back attitude with wise crack comments in critical moments. The conflict between the Link Mother and the Grand Visionary (what a name!) is a masterful presentation of power struggle. Or the descriptions of the Link Mother – the reader can almost touch the aura of power she carries herself with. All this reveals a great deal about the characters but also develops the story and gives deeper plan to the plot.
Then there is the loving relationship between Loq and Sabor which contrasts with the relationship between Mother Link and Grand Visionary.
As a non regular sci-fi reader , the sci-fi terms, gadgets and things don't always make sense to me but I believe for the fans it must be a real thrill . However I was captured by the moral dilemma the book brings to the humanity. In Neekay's words:”We are doing nothing except suppressing thoughts, emotions and even of people’s humanity.” This brings the question of justice and moral and choices the characters face. It is delightful how the author has presented the dilemma between emotions,love and mind power. This dilemma is well explored through the relationship between Morgan and Hiri. The emotion modulator is quite funny invention and the reader can't help but to smile every time Morgan uses it and at some point advises Pemony to use it to lower the emotional intensity in order to stay focused. There is also the theme of power and how power could be used for wrong reasons.The love scenes are tastefully written and are delight for the female readers.
The ending is unexpected and brings questions which maybe answered in the next book.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)