The Antpod Faction is a highly detailed spy thriller disguised as science fiction—or, if you prefer, a spy thriller set in a highly-detailed science fiction setting. Either way it had significant components of both spy thrillers and traditional science fiction. I am not usually a sci-fi reader, preferring usually to stick with fantasy, or contemporary thrillers. But, I had read this author before and enjoyed his work. So, I wanted to try another of his books. I am not disappointed that I did.
I found the characters to be deep enough to draw me in and make me care for them, which can make reading portions of this story somewhat emotional (that is a good thing). The main character in particular was a whole person, full of sufficient contradictions and internal conflict as to be definitely “real”. I enjoyed getting to know her very much.
Although I did not think that this story was as good as the author’s other fiction, the story itself was full of conflict and the plotline pulled me along, without too much effort. There was never really a moment that I wanted to put the book down. I think, the deeper I got into the book, the more that the detail of the setting and the depth of the characters made me want to go on. The plot is interesting and demanding enough that it keeps the reader wondering what is around the next corner. I won’t give any spoilers except to say that the climax and the build up to it was excellent.
If you like thrillers or sci-fi, I think you will like this book. I did. Please take a read.
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