My immediate thought when I started reading it was something along the lines of; "sheesh sunshine, what have you let yourself in for here?" It quite literally seemed way over my head in its concepts and ideas for the future. I know, when I read Science Fiction, I do expect to be intellectually challenged, but with this book, I had the feeling I would fail the intellectual test. Undeterred, I plowed on, determined to learn something and I was glad I did.
Yes, this is a Science Fiction story, but it's more than that. It's a love story (of sorts) and it's also a philosophical treatise (of sorts). Despite my struggling with some of the technical aspects of Moore's future world and occasionally feeling like my head was going to explode, with new information, I really liked the laid-back, almost laconic style of writing and most importantly the relationships between the characters. Metaphorically, the idea of different "species" of human beings (upgraded, transhumans etc etc) and the problems they encounter has direct parallels with life in general.
Look, if you're a future freak or a hard-core science fiction reader, you will absolutely love this book, but if you're a simple reader like me, you will still enjoy it as well. I've had my mind somewhat expanded after reading Dean C Moore and I was entranced enough by this book to purchase the next one in the series. A review of that to follow, eventually. Hopefully, I will read the next book with a greater understanding of the amazing future world that Moore perceives.
This is a good read and well worth the solid four stars I'm giving it.