A page turner of a book, it may have a lot of technology - this is, after all, set in a technological dystopian future - but it takes several surprising and unsettling turns before reaching an inevitable, but oddly touching conclusion. A slow build-up with unexpected twists; could cause readers (expecting a traditional science-fiction novel) some confusion. It is, however, well-worth the wait and combines an unusual love-story with a technological thriller of epic proportions.
Many of the technological aspects are multi-generational descendants of what we have today, others are what might be if we aren't careful. This is big-brother with a vengeance, with the internet and artificial intelligence controlling every aspect of daily life.
Set in 2050, corporations have taken over most of the governmental functions; people access the net directly, moving into a an electronic cyberworld - one that may not exist in physical actuality, but controls, governs and interacts with people and the `real world'. The main character, Robert, finds himself at the centre of an investigation by a shadowy organisation - arrested for `crimes against the state' he escapes with the help of a computerised entity known as Bee, to which he is telepathically linked and increasingly becomes attracted to.
At this point the story takes the first of its quirky sidesteps, raising the question of what constitutes true intelligent life. Robert and Bee encounter many challenges, several of which happen in the sub-ether cyberspace - an all too believable world, imaginatively created by someone who really knows his stuff.
Gradually, it becomes clear that Robert is no ordinary man, but will be pivotal in mankind's final battle for survival - a battle that will rage through time and cyberspace, with the prize being not only the mankind's future, but its very soul. This book raises questions about where we are going and do we really want to go there.