"Spares" is an excellent Sci-Fi book - and this looked to be going the same way until about 3/4 of the way through. The plot was good. The typical MMS imagination was in full flow, and even Raymond Chandler was giving a helping hand with the dark imagery and existential one-person monologue of the Hap/Marlowe character....And then the writer must have got bored....or stuck.....because he used the ancient Deus Ex Machina plot trick to explain everything away. Although, this time it was worse because he literally did pull a "God from the Machine". My enjoyment of the excellent characterisation and plot had completely dissipated by the time I had read the final page, and I felt really let down. Why bother building this diverse cantilevered plotline and imagination-scape if you can't bring it together at the end without inventing a magic character to tie all your loose ends up for you - a bit like Zeberdee in the Magic Roundabout. MMS is a talent, but try Spares or Only Forward instead.
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