Four centuries in the future nanomachines watch over the health of the wealthy and manufacture food and gadgets for everybody, and the world is rich. But this is no Utopia. This is a society where technology takes care of everyone's basic needs but leaves most people struggling to extract a meaningful life from a world crowded with wonders but empty of commitment and human connection.
Modesitt overlaps and combines the voices and experiences of five very different people, and builds their disparate stories into a brilliant tale of future crime and investigation, aesthetic challenge and personal triumph. L.E. Modesitt, Jr. asks difficult questions, sets himself unlikely challenges, and once again delivers an absorbing tale that enlightens, entertains, and uplifts all at once.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Noisy - LibraryThing
OK, I know I'm picky, but this really should have been proof-read before it was printed. And it could have used a decent editor as well. However, even with these deficiencies, I really enjoyed this ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BlankReg - LibraryThing
This is the first of Modesitt's books I read that wasn't bogged down by lots of detailed descriptions of meals (which I personally like, but can distract from what is supposed to be a taut drama), and ... Read full review