The first half was a bit of a merry go-round of a story. It seemed to go round in circles going nowhere.
Problem occurs, help sought, problem fixed.
The problem- the Collapsium, a highly dangerous project that will put a ring of crystals, composed of tiny black holes, around the sun that would increase the efficiency of transferring data and people.
The Collapsium comes into danger of falling into the sun a handful of times, and seems to be fixed by ideas that come from the brain of one Bruno de Towaji.
Sounds exciting, but it’s not. He fixes it largely by staring into space, grumbling a bit, making a fool of himself at parties, and then coming up with a brilliant this’ll fix it speech before disappearing off to his own little planet to work.
That’s the first half of the book, poss more.
If you can get beyond that that’s where things get good.
The Collapsium’s problems are not an accident at all, but and act of malicious intent, but who could possibly benefit from destroying the Queendom and everything in it?
Well, those would be called spoilers.
There are some intriguing little concepts in this book, such as the fax machine, that can make anything you want, from food to clothes, and as an added benefit it can transport you to other fax machines across the Queendom. Not only this but you can clone yourself and program those clones, or even save copies. Thus death has been eradicated.
If I were judging this book on the first half I’d give it a two, maybe a three, cups of tea.
Taking the second half into account I’d give it a 4, which is cemented in place by the list of terms and descriptions of how plausible each of the seemingly impossible sounding technologies actually are.
There were a few interesting characters, and you get to see a hear LOT about the high society, but the everyday is only vaguely mentioned here and there. I wonder what a world of immortals would be like. Alas, you never find out.
I award this a wavering four cups of tea.