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Robertson again excels at creating an exciting story around richly detailed space environments. The two chief story arcs each have two primary protagonists. One team, from the Hive, being Rada and Webber and from the Locker we have Kansas and Ced. I'm having difficulty determining which of these duets' story arcs is most compelling since they both have a set of extremely interesting characters and histories.
Rada is a gutsy pilot whose team are given special operations missions from the Hive leader, Webber being the one that's there for her with "pull the bunny out of the hat" ideas when all seems lost and with winning repartees when spirit lifting is needed.
Kansas is willful, semi-psychotic girl who prefers settling conflicts using the straight-forward blunt instrument approach where Ced is more of a deal-maker, always seeking a win-win approach.
These two arcs ping-pong between chapters with each being independent of the other until near the end. Another fresh literary device Robertson used with each of these stories is not one I've seen used very often but works with great effect here.
I will say, though, that this is the first novel I've seen where a difference of approach between two people is mutually and amicably settled with one shooting the other in the back.
Ray Chase continues to impress me with narrating the story and I find myself wondering whether any of the other great narrators could have done as well.