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Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2021
The story line was good, which is what kept me reading, but a lot of individual scenes read like they were from 50,000 feet on fast forward, like a whole battle which determined the fate of the nation was covered in six sentences. You also never connect with Daeson’s (I think that’s how it’s spelled) emotions. So when he’s feeling grief you’re told he is but you never connect with him in it. Overall this was uncharacteristic of Chuck Black’s writing. The one thing I was happy with was that Rivet was reverted back from a mimic bot to a normal android, although I like his original story as a maintenance bot better than what actually happened, and his simplistic straightforward way of speaking over the more intelligent and complex style he begins to adopt.