Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Spin Control - Chris Moriartry

Paranoia, with clones.

Just no color levels.

A rather different book than the first in this series. Spin State had a heavy focus on the quantum. Spin Control has a heavy focus on information, and problems with complex systems.

These include spies, so a lot of distrustful spooks hurling accusations (or weapon fire) at each other.

There's a colony to worry about, a killer virus, and more.

Li, the focus of the first book, only appears in parts, so big fans of hers are likely to be a little disappointed, I think.

The spy story thread focuses on the situation in Israel (and, of course, Palestine), where people have been trying to fight wars with AI. Apparently AI minds suffer from the mental problems associated with war even more severely than people, so this particular subplot is the most interesting part of the book - coming to the fore towards the latter, and strongest part of the novel.

A decent book, but not as good as the first one.

The events at the end perhaps leave this open for Moriarty to take a jump ahead in time in this future history she is sketching with another book.

3.5 out of 5

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