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Good book but gets a bit stuck in the mire,
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The set-up and introduction of the central character are excellent as is the refreshing start-point location of a future dystopian Dundee. There are some really original ideas and the imagined universe is gritty in a way that reminded me fondly of early Gibson. The alien threat is also imaginatively and originally handled as is the general broken-down Britain which provided some of my favourite scenes of the novel.
Moving further into the book I found the first person narrative a little restrictive as the character was not sufficiently interesting to warrant such a narrative vehicle. He is essentially a small man with a secret encountering a wider universe and the narration could have done so much more by being out of his rather linear head.
The plot moves from location to location in an engaging set-piece fashion yet seems to take a few unnecessary narrative detours that throw the reader off the ride on at least two occasions. The final plot climax and twist is good if a little 2000AD-like in its rapidity and I found myself wishing that the action had constrained itself to Dundee.
I would certainly recommend this book and look forward to the author's future works.