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Lacuna paints a rich backdrop, led by a Chinese superpower and some interesting tech (if perhaps a little too advanced given the minimal time lag between the 2029 setting and present day).
Adams has well thought out combat scenes that really used the third dimension to great effect. Combined with some promising primary character development, this instalment sets up an interesting world to play in.
Secondary characters felt a little cardboard cut out, but that is par for the course. I'm also surprised that the ships aren't 'dry' - to give terrifying tech to those under the influence doesn't quite ring true.
Dialogue was realistic, if not quite as militaristic as one might expect given the backgrounds of those speaking. I liked the use of a non-English speaking alien as that forced richer development.
I did note a few typographical errors, and display issues with Chinese characters but these do not detract from the story in any meaningful way. The other slight niggle for me is that characters seemed to be assigned nationalities without any development of that aspect of their character. The culture was not differentiated, as if the world had become homogenised by 2029.
It's quite a short book (214 pages) but I think that's probably wise as the length reflects the meat to the story without too much fluff. The pace does ebb and flow throughout, but it's compelling enough to make you want to read the whole story (and subsequent installments).
Overall, well worth grabbing (particularly while it is free). 8/10