The witty, unusual characters in Charles Stross books continue to appear in this hard sci-fi mystery tale.
I’ve grown more and more interested in books and stories that deal with the Singularity, the phenomenon where an AI gains so much sentience and computing power, that it becomes like a god. This book deals with the Galaxy, post Singularity.
At first, I thought that Wednesday, one of the main characters, was going to annoy me. I did like her style, but I thought her moodiness would bother me. By the end of the story, she settles down and grows up.
Another of the main characters, Frank, is a member of the press. I enjoy when alternate history or far future sci-fi use characters that have knowledge of the news to give information on the setting to the reader.
The villains of the book, are quite an interesting bunch, and I like how the story is covering the very fledgling beginnings of a possible conflict. A few times in the book, some of the characters speculate about what the far future holds, and I thought that was an interesting way to build suspense for the characters to stop the villains from completing their goals.