A most excellent story about a society hurt by genetic modifications, which now purifies any non-conforms. Written in a nice, easily readable way, this book immerses you in a world very different from our own, yet recognizable. Quite interesting, and I'd compare it to Asimov's opus without feeling I'm over-exaggerating.
I loved it.
I'm very, very happy to have read this book. It continues the tradition of J. P. Sutton's excellent storytelling, wrapped in a somewhat odd and complex language. This is an upside, however, offering a refreshment compared to most of the reading I've done.
Summary: I'm definitely recommending the book, as well as its predecessor.
This sequel to "Out of Edom" reveals a lot: it reveals more about what the dilly-dallies from "Out of Edom" are, it reveals what attacked the Hegemony, and it reveals what the Mediant is. It is definitely more about revealing than about concluding, since this book has a very open ending, just like its predecessor. Personally, I find the ending disappointingly too open, but that just makes me more eager for the book 3.
However, I'm giving it 5 stars, although, honestly, I'd give 4.5. Here's a bit about why. These are ALL minor issues, and they might be resolved in the third book, which I'm already eagerly awaiting.
SPOILER ALERT BELOW.
- It looks like I didn't pay enough attention, but I simply didn't catch how long passed since "Out of Edom".
- I'm confused about how a multi-planetary Hegemony has managed to transform completely in below two decades, with people barely remembering what life was before, after multiple centuries of stable, conservative government. All of a sudden, Galinda manages to seize power without significant legal, religious and political contest?
- Destruction of Andromache was probably meant to convey a sense of "noone-is-invulnerable". However, that's not something I enjoy (similar to destruction of Vulcan in Star Trek XI), and especially since it happened once the AI has been revealed.
- Dilly-dallies are intelligent; it is strange that Henryk, who does not seem to mind AIs, cannot convince them that destruction of technology and non-Locu AI is not the same as destroying Locu AI (particularly after Norman is revealed). He knows that dilly-dallies destroy tech, since they've been doing that all around the hegemony for years by the time of this book.
Thanks to the author for another great book! Looking forward to future works!