Synopsis: Where is Q? Clair and Jesse have barely been reunited when the world is plunged into its biggest crisis since the Water Wars. The d-mat network is broken. The world has ground to a halt. People are trapped, injured, dying. It’s the end of the world as Clair knows it—and it’s partly her fault. “The girl who killed d-mat” is enlisted to track down her missing friend Q—the rogue AI who repeatedly saved Clair’s life. Q is the key to fixing the system, but she isn’t responding to calls for help, and even if she did…can she be trusted?
Targeted by dupes, abandoned by her friends, caught in a web of lies that strike at the very essence of who she is, Clair finds powerful allies in RADICAL, secretive activists who are the polar opposite of anti-d-mat terrorist group WHOLE. However, if she helps them find Q, will she be inadvertently trapping her friend in a life of servitude—or worse, sending her to an early death by erasure?
Caught between pro- and anti-d-mat philosophies, in a world on the brink of all-out war, Clair must decide where she stands—and who she stands with, at the end.
Huge thank you to Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss for this ARC!
MY GOD THAT ENDING. Williams is EVIL with his endings. I need the next book NOW (which is pretty much how I felt at the end of Twinmaker.
So this book picks up where the first book left off and you are THROWN into the mix and the pace does NOT slow down at all. This is good because it makes you want to plow through the book and keeps you on the edge of your seat… but it didn’t work for me ALL the time because sometimes it felt that things were going a little TOO fast. I got confused and found myself having to backtrack a bit. I even had to go back and re-read the end of Twinmaker. So I would have liked a few more moments to breathe.
Overall this was excellent. I loved the philosophical arguments, the mix of characters, and the jumps all around the world. I LOVE the names that Williams uses in these books too. Some are so refreshingly original and clever and some are just so normal that they fit. I really loved the new characters (especially the twins) and how we got to know some characters better.
I would have liked a little more romance between Clair and Jesse. There were some moments that had so much potential and they would kiss and… fade out. Or Jesse would fall asleep. I know this isn’t a romance-heavy novel, but I WANTED MORE THEY ARE SO SWEET TOGETHER.
And Q. Q. Q. Q. DAMN. I didn’t see that coming. Again. I love that I don’t see this stuff coming.
Next book nowwwwwwwwwww please!