In the Nevada desert, a handful of scientists are battling to retrieve a swarm of rogue micro-robots that have escaped from the lab. The swarm is self-sustaining, self-reproducing and capable of learning from experience. It is, to all intents and purposes, alive. And very, very deadly. Because it has been programmed as a ruthless predator, a predator that becomes more dangerous with every passing hour .....
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....... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Day 1): Things never turn out the way you think they will.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 237): That wasn't in the code. The swarm was inventing new behaviour, appropriate to the situation.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: To be passed on to brother-in-law #1 who I think will enjoy it just as much as I did.
Ooh scary, I'd even go so far as to say totally chilling - this novel certainly had me looking at Pooter in a totally different way (shudders) wondering just where it will all end, just how far technological 'advances' will see our futures change.
A totally engrossing thriller, set in a world of high technology where the baddies are quite literally the little guys, this is unlike anything I have ever read before.
OK, so I didn't understand all of the technological terms that were used but this didn't impair my reading in any way. A real page turner, it was good to see the author challenged gender stereotyping to a certain degree in that the roles (and I don't think I'm giving anything away here) of breadwinner was given over to the main female character whilst her husband, the main male character and hero of the story, was a 'stay at home' dad.
A great read, tense and full of suspense (it was like one of those films in which the baddie, despite being shot at etc, will not just lie down and die) in that just as you thought the end of the micro-robots was nigh, well, lets just say that something else would happen that kept me on the edge of the seat.