This is the conclusion of the three book arc about the redemption of the mis-manufactured and temporarily mad AI Penny Royal. Asher takes us through a set of encounters he prepared two other books for, contrasting the reconstruction and the redemption of Penny Royal with the descend into madness of the forensic AI Brockle, and weaving together all the other story-strands that he set up earlier into a literally star-shattering finale.
As usual with Asher, there is a lot of casual violence and killing, and also as usual with Asher, the tech and the scale of things is way over the top. On the other hand, this is what we get when we imagine a post-scarcity society like the culture, but with actual action. A nice conclusion, and at the same time a set-up of the followup trilogy, “The Rise of the Jain”.
“Infinity Engine”, Neal Asher, EUR 7.78