story that explores the nature of what it is to be human,
three different laws of robotics, the power of genetic engineering
and the nature of biological, social and technological evolution.
This book establishes a near future that many of our children
should live to see - if we don't destroy ourselves before
then. The science and technology are lightly portrayed for
the futuristic context, projecting current directions in immersive
wearable integrated computer technology. as well as a supercomputer
AI. Characters vary in the degree of development, although
we start to get inside the mind and emotions of our heroine,
and the uncertainties and tensions surrounding who she actually
is. The plot drives on well, with plenty of hints as to where
it's headed, while leaving a few surprises for the end.
While not quite unputdownable, and broken up by historical
snippets of various sorts, the story has incredible intellectual
depth and a solid writing style, as well as a high level of
originality and creativity.
Reviewer’s Notes: although the book is rated
13 up by the author/publisher, it is really appropriate for
adults and will provide challenges in more than one sense
for the teens. It includes occasional profanity and mild sexual