Sci-Fi, 7/10 – September 2008
|What if you could have Google hardwired into your brain? Then you would be “gridlinked” like Special Agent Ian Cormac has been for thirty years – ten over the max. The book explores what it may be like to be unplugged after being fused with machines for so long. I found the slow re-gaining of humanity after being unplugged pretty interesting. This was my first Neal Asher book and I enjoyed it a lot. In no bad way, I found the atmosphere quite similar to Ian M Bank’s culture society, for example in both worlds, AIâ€™s run the universe “and honestly, why would you trust any one else to?”|
I liked the Terminators (a.k.a robot golems) but didn’t like the incomprehensible alien that called itself Dragon. It represented too random a subject in a world that seemed so organised. So did Ian Cormacs boss who was an immortal formed from the Hiroshima nuclear blast of the 2nd world war. I wasn’t satisfied with the ending of the book – I wanted more answers. Maybe a sequel will shine more light on the situation?