Once again Wright finds that sweet spot in this intriguing, well-paced, thought-provoking tale that leads one to consider some of the important questions we may well find ourselves facing in the not-so-distant future. Wright's understanding of modern technology - including current R&D - coupled with a keen sense of where it can lead, is well utilized in this story of a small-town savant who finds himself swept up into a world filled with Hollywood glamour, cutting edge science, and a very realistic exploration of augmented human technologies. Just when you trust a set of characters, Wright introduces a spin which makes you question just about everything you thought you knew about this story up 'til then, clearly demonstrating that reality is about perspective, and that a slight shift can completely change your perception of a situation. Very clever writing indeed.
Perhaps even more clever is the way in which he uses the voices living inside the underdog's head to more fully tell the story. I should also add that for what is only a short introduction to this series, the characters are remarkably well-developed - an impressing feat.
Wright's work will be enticing for the armchair philosopher and scientist as well as for those who crave a well-paced adventure, with just enough technological fascinations to sate the sci-fi fan, and a realistic touch of behind the scenes hollywood glitz to please those who want a bit of glamour (I swear Wright *must* have worked on a film set at some point) - but that's not all: he has also introduced the quintessential small town boy who seems on his way to making it big, you just can't help but cheer him on - then he's taken and wrapped it all up inside what seems ready to unfold as a fascinating conspiracy theory that makes you take a hard look at what we call reality.
I believe Wright may one day prove to be one of the most thought-provoking novelists of our time, unafraid to push the envelope as he introduces questions that matter in a way that only someone who genuinely has his finger on the pulse of culture can do - and who is gifted enough to wrap it all up in a fun adventure that can please a diverse readership spanning multiple genres. I very much look forward to the next installation of this series, as it definitely left me wanting more. I cannot recommend this highly enough. While you are at it, check out his "Ordovician" as well, you won't be sorry.