Cover of Influx.

Influx by Daniel Suarez was disappointing, especially since I enjoyed Daemon. Influx bore all the marks of a sub-par action movie, with one Deus ex Machina chasing the next, random high-powered technology spawning all along, a big reveal (oh no! everybody knew!), and characters who are flat, and either Good™ or Evil™. It didn’t help that I disagreed fundamentally with the barely-veiled message Suarez tries to bring across (don’t ever hide innovation, kids, or you may bring about the end of the world). Even the writing was way over-the-top to make readers see every scene as part of a generic action movie. Very meh.