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Posted by dabrownofmn, Thu Feb-04-10 09:07 PM
Genre: Science Fiction

I hadn't read any science fiction since high school, and this is the first book I've read by Bear. The story takes place in the future, on a world called New Amazonia, which is ruled by women. Earth suffered a horrible genocide at the hands of the Governors, super intelligent computers that were created by fanatical environmentalist to counter-balance the ecological problems humans created on Earth. Vincent Katherinessen and Michaelangelo Kusanagi-Jones are sent to New Amazonia under the guise of returning stolen art, but are really there to steal the planet's energy source. Both men are former lovers, and plan to double cross one another.

This is a complicated plot, with many different factions all working against each other. I think the book was meant to read all at once, but I read it over the course of two weeks with a few days of break in between. I had a hard time following everyone's motivations and alignments. I feel like I missed something important at the end, and there were some events that I felt could have been given more attention. The book is rich with world building, and the characters are well developed. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I plan to read more of Bear's novels. I may even reread this one, for reasons stated above.