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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 3, 2022
The overall story is interesting. The characters taking their own journey understanding what it would mean if humanity were actually capable of creating a new form of sentience, each from a different specialized perspective, is enjoyable.
The only drawback is a great deal of the novel is used up with explaining the schematics of technology which does not exist. It reads, at time, as if Herbert were giving people a pattern to actually create AI. The end result is reading pages of words which have meaning (Neuro, port, wire, sensor, etc...) in a context without meaning until it gets back to people talking enough to tell you something.
The gains of making the point that the science is all highly technical and futuristic is outweighed by not having enough explanation to ground it with purpose in the story.