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I decided to buy this book after reading a promising newspaper review.
The plot of the book is that there has been a large rise in sea levels and the response of nations around the world is to build large sea walls that people can live behind. However, there is a leak in one of the walls. One man, who has seen the leak in the wall, tries to tell the powers that be, but their reliance on technology, which hasn't detected a leak, means that they do not believe him. This seems like a good storyline, but there are a number of things that let it down as a good book.
Firstly, it doesn't cover any new ground. It is full of things already done, such as an authoritarian government and various classes of peoples, that there is nothing original in the book whatsoever.
Secondly, as this is a sci-fi book there is an awful lot of new technology with funny names, such as voxits, telemax, EAR links. This is fine if it's explained what the funny named things do, but it's not. So you're left confused as to what exactly is going on and means that the book doesn't flow well.
Thirdly, and most disturbingly, large sections of the book are devoted to talking about a bizarre machine for simulating sex - the stimulator. Far too much time is devoted to this machine and constant referring is just simply bizarre.
Overall, a very poor book, full of clichés that talks very little about the subject at hand - a breach in a sea wall.