Superb - I really enjoyed this book!
The story itself is very well written in a deceptively simple and easy to read style. It is engaging, intriguing and it can be read and enjoyed on multiple levels. The characters are complex, and the sense of mystery grows as you progress.
Sometimes the world of Penrose that Ballantyne has created can seem all too familiar, and at other times utterly alien. Fast paced and with a palpable sense of urgency throughout, the book veers from scenes of breathtaking beauty and tenderness, to shockingly violent cruelty, to heartbreakingly sad tragedy. Ballantyne uses his non-human robot protagonists to good effect to explore from a unique and new perspective the very nature of human themes such as love, sex, morality, duty, honour, free will, ambition, destiny, power, politics, and cruelty.
A very worthy follow up to Twisted Metal (Penrose 1)
. I look forward to the next instalment with great anticipation!