on April 2, 2015 :
Man, I thought that I had reviewed this a long time ago.
I really liked this story. It's always really interesting to see how Rachel's unique perspective on the world changes how she interacts with people, and how she acts in various situations. The level of detail in the writing is superb - it really puts the reader in the situation.
I really love the AGAHF webcomic, but I can't help but find myself waiting and hoping for the next story to come out soon.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
S T Xavier
on Feb. 6, 2015 :
I actually purchased this book a second time just to leave a review. I first purchased the book in March of 2014, and didn't know it was on here. K.B. Spangler is a favorite of mine, and Rachel's story is wonderful. It deserves an additional review here.
Maker Space is the wonderful 2nd novel about Agent Rachel Peng, a federal agent who can talk to and change technology but is otherwise more human than any of us. For more details on background, read Digital Divide and the webcomic series A Girl And Her Fed, both also by K.B. Spangler and in the same universe.
There are three things to say about this book. First, Spangler's creation of her characters is practically flawless. The humanity and personality of every character is always front and center. Sometimes it's overblown in an entirely comedic way. Other times it's subtle and muted as the characters close themselves off from the reader. But most times, the amount of humanity in the characters is deep, rich, and vivid enough that you truly feel for them and understand them. These are people, and that comes across clearly.
Next, the plot and mystery is deep, entangled, potent, and well orchestrated. For most of the book, you'll be swept along in the events with the characters, figuring things out as they figure them out. Often, you don't understand exactly why things are happening the way they are... rather like most things that happen in life. But once the dominoes fall, you can see how everything tied together the whole time. It's good police work, and results in a plausible experience.
Finally, the amount of detail is amazing. Especially the color. You can follow every thread of color to where it's supposed to be, and it's always right. I find myself swimming in color at the end of the book, and I'm sad that it's over.
Pick up both books by K.B. Spangler. Digital Divide is a great book, and Maker Space is an excellent sequel. I can't wait for the third, fourth, and on-till-infinity-th books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 25, 2014 :
This book, aside from the frequent explosions, demonstration of research, and excellent representation, reminded me of what I love about making things. It's a sharp examination of the ways we're unprepared as a country for some of the new and scary technological realities we're faced with, but also of the ways people can be kind, and creative, and actually try to do good and make things better.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)