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Looked forward to this as either a funny novel or a serious philosophical SF, but unfortunately the author decides to go for the Hollywood cliche extended chase scene through several related episodes.
It is not all that funny though it has moments, and I was surprised at some rather offensive moments. Not that I'm a prude, but there is some really poor taste that caught me off guard and felt totally unnecessary.
The story started well, and seemed like a good set-up and I liked throughout the novel different aspects of the world revolving around the characters, but I think too much is lost by taking her out of the novel so early and returning her so late, basically last page. I think the more interesting take would have been to reconstruct her more quickly (you're not surprised he succeeds are you?) and then show them living in the world of the novel.
And the end is rather hack.
Many nods to Bladerunner etc. but golden opportunity lost and rather run of the mill story produced. Got bored with the obligatory chase/race against time/quirky characters/strange episodes etc, and there's even a showdown on a train. Very few cliches missed by the end.
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This story does something that Science Fiction has been doing for a long time. It uses a futuristic setting as a social commentary on some of the issues we are facing today and it mostly does a good job.
The story is compelling and it moves along nicely. The protagonist is a somewhat morally ambiguous person with some rather dark shades of gray but his quest is still noble even if he isn't. My only real issue is that the androids are too human which could be a side effect of the author trying to make them relatable and their motives understandable even if we might not agree with them.
Luke Daniels puts in another quality performance and if you enjoy his other work then you will probably find little fault with his narration here.
Overall I'd say the story is probably not for everyone. The ending might be unfulfilling for some and the protagonist might be too unlikable for others. If you enjoy gritty, near future science fiction with a bit of a cyberpunk feel then you will probably find something to enjoy.
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