I saw this book on the new books shelf at my local library and since I was ready to try a brand new author, I read the inside cover. What grabbed my attention and made me check the book out was the comment that the book includes “a race of hyperadvanced humans who originated as an MMORPG guild.” Considering my interests, this sounded like a good fit for me. The book is the author’s debut novel, which can often make for a rough ride, but I was intrigued.
I’m going to have to give this book another try sometime later when I have more time to just sit and think through the concepts. It suffers from some odd pacing and sound-bite like sequences. The science in it is pretty high level. The author holds a PhD in string theory, so I was expecting that going into the book, but I found the science to be a bit too distracting. I was also expecting more of a Stainless Steel Rat type of heist story, while this is an exploration into alternate reality as much as it is a daring action ride.
The book is worth a second read-through later and I will certainly keep my eye on this author’s future offerings.