Here’s the basic spoiler free rundown: I would say it has more of a 3.5 rather than 4 stars because it felt like it ran a little short and with so many story lines going on, character development and intrigue got lost and left me simply confused. For example: I was interested in the place Imanol went for his mission and felt more could have been explored there and there could have been more development for Siobhan in her plot line, I would have liked to see her talk to her enemy or something.
The ending certainly left me hanging, but I liked it. Is this the end? Is there going to be anymore? Who knows… only the author.
My thoughts on the characters:
Telisa: Needs an eye patch like a pirate. Then PIT can stand for Pirate Interstellar Travels.
Shiny: What the hell, man?!
Cilreth: She’s fine.
Imanol: I like him. I don’t care if he’s supposed to be a dick.
Siobhan: Good unless she was around or thinking about Caden.
Maxsym: Who are you?
Krellis: He was mentioned in one chapter. By far the most intricate and developed character of whom will become a fictional icon alongside Atticus Finch and Macbeth.
Cilreth2: She got awesome when during her encounter with Nell when she decided she was Uma Thurman from Kill Bill.
Imanol2: But how did…But why?
Siobhan2: WHAT IS GOING ON?
Magnus4: IT’S A MADHOUSE, A MADHOUSE!
Jason Yang: Welcome to the club, Token Asian
Thoughts on relationships:
Cilreth and Cilreth2: Brings up some interesting ethical questions. Is it incest or because they are the same person; masturbation? If masturbation, is it legal for identical twins to have sex because genetically, they are the same person?... Does the author just really like the idea of two identical women making out?
Caden and Siobhan: About as awkward as Johnny and Lisa’s relationship in Tommy Wisaeu’s the Room. It’s out of nowhere, it doesn't need to be there and I don’t like it. There is no universe in which those two make sense together because A) Caden is annoying and B) Caden is super annoying. I dislike Siobhan becomes a shy flirtatious schoolgirl around him when I thought she was supposed to be a daredevil. Maybe she’s tries to come off as a daredevil because on the inside she’s terrified… but no. Also, where the hell did this relationship come from and why? We see them together in one chapter, they think about each other and then for the rest of the book it is never mentioned.
Telisa and Magnus4: This, if the story continues, is going to be interesting. Telisa will have to come to the realisation that her Magnus, the one she loved, is dead and gone even if he has a clone. It’s like dating the twin of someone you loved who died (save the fact he shares the original Magnus’ memories… but a computer can just as equally have his memories and it’s still not him). I don’t know if the author just intends to keep them together and act like it used to be, or if Telisa will come to understand that she cannot replace the original with a replica. I’d be interested in seeing how it is handled, that’s a plotline in its own.
Thoughts on plot:
A bit shambled and too short, but I did really enjoy the ending and the build-up to it. The ending makes it so that this could be a really depressing ending to a series or an exciting anxiety-inducing cliff-hanger for the next book. I don’t know where the story would go, but I’d sure like to find out.
In the end I do not think this book is on the same level as the previous ones, but it is great setup for another book with its ending. I’d like to read more of these books, but I also understand if it ends here. The ending may not satisfy all, but I love movies like Terry Gilliam’s Brazil so, you know, I’m used to weird twisted endings.