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I enjoyed this book off and on. The story focuses on a poor kid named Zen Starling who lives in the future where space travel is done on trains through K-gates, and the whole Network is controlled by the Emperor and his family who are sort of controlled by these god-like beings called the Guardians, who supposedly created the Network and K-gates. Zen gets tangled up in a scheme where he's used as a pawn and wouldn't have anything to do with the plot except that he was unwillingly throw into everything.This is my first time reading anything by this author, but he's clearly a very imaginative and creative person.The whole thing was sort of over whelming. It's a pretty excellent story, but I was almost never super absorbed by it. The best part was all the Snowden-esque stuff with Raven, and that wasn't a big part until the end. I think I might have enjoyed this more if it had been longer and more developed because I thought a lot of stuff could have been expanded upon. Then again, I'm glad it wasn't longer because my attention was waning toward the end. There were definitely a few moments that should have been emotional, but weren't because we weren't given much time to get to know characters .Overall, it was a good book.I will definitely read the sequel because the ending of this one was strong and I'm excited to see what happens next. I also want to read more of this author's work because he's got some fresh ideas.

Posted on: 4th April 2017 at 02:42 pm

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