If you are into real sci fi or literature I recommend you stay away from this. The plot is weak, the dialogue cliched, the world created doesn't feel real in any sense. The technology used feels tacked on to act as plot devices. This is a book for young teenagers to maybe get them into reading but not for anyone who has read anything more. See Iain M. Banks, Alastair Reynolds, Ken Macleod, Stephan Baxter, Greg Egan, Richard Morgan. Reading this afterwards is like reading a poorly written comic book. This was recommended to me by a New Scientist list of the Top 10 best Sci-Fi detective novels, included on the list with Altered Carbon (Richard Morgan) and The Caves of Steel (Asimov). An absolute travesty. A short quote from the book:
The spider robot clomped its way over to us. "What is the meaning of this, Warner? You should not have brought them here."
"Oh, let them see, Dr Zarg. They've the right, seeing as how this is the boy's family and Mr Megaton has gone to such trouble to be here."
"You're getting careless."
"And you worry too much. Every step of our assimilation has gone exactly as planned."
Zarg emitted a harsh screech "enough, Warner, your harsh blathering is inadvisable!"