Having a really hard time rating this book, or even summing up its plot, a year after the fact. I did re-read the first to parts to be prepared, which was a very good idea. I remember that when I read the book, I could tell the Sobornost tribes apart and had an idea of who was double-crossing whom. But all things considered, this book had as little emotional resonance as the second one, and in hindsight, it gets hard to tell the two apart. The third leans more into the whole cyberpunk surfing-the-information-web vibe, and … that’s alright, but nowhere near as great as the overwhelming ball of weird brilliance that the first book gave us.
This book is part of the 2022 Backlog Incident.