A world where telepaths and telekinetics exist, but are forced to live in hiding or on special, contained islands. A not-quite-utopia where3.5/5 Stars
A world where telepaths and telekinetics exist, but are forced to live in hiding or on special, contained islands. A not-quite-utopia where a somewhat socialist society can completely tear down the government and rebuild it based on their moment-to-moment fears and desires (the capitalised 'Will' of the people). A dense information network called the Weave where people can be immersed in data with the aid of bioengineered, symbiotic creatures.
This is the world where Pierre, a deformed 8-year-old boy with extraordinary powers, manifests and starts messing with the established order of things. The hunt referred to in the title is that enacted by Services, a government agency akin to the FBI, but far more intrinsic and powerful. They recruit Peter Lazarus, a telepath who wants to stop Pierre from doing to humankind what he did to Peter's sister. From then on it's a race to see whether Peter and Services can stop Pierre befor ePierre compromises every part of their operation.
Most of the enjoyment I got out of this book was the exploration of the future world that Henley has created within its pages. Creating a society where some of the population having psionic powers doesn't automatically result in them being dominant is a tricky one, but I was convinced by Henley's explanations. I also enjoyed Henley's playing with the reader with regards to who might have been turned double-agent by Pierre's telepathic charms. You're never quite sure who is telling the truth, which is a great attribute for a sci-fi thriller to have.
If I had criticisms it would be that the characters can seem a little wooden at times. Also, the conversations involving the characters that are working the political gap in the aftermath of Pierre's activities can be a little too drawn out. But that might just be me being bored by politics.
Overall it's a solid first entry in what I imagine will be a trilogy of novels set in this world. I'm keen to see where Henley will go next with this misshapen-headed antagonist. :)...more
Wasn't really sure what to think of this one. The premise of the protagonist (the only being in the world who can fly, but who is also a drug addict aWasn't really sure what to think of this one. The premise of the protagonist (the only being in the world who can fly, but who is also a drug addict and an immortal) is certainly an interesting one, but I wasn't convinced by him. The story lurches along in fits and starts, and despite having major influence on the arc, his fellow immortals never really get the full fleshing out that they need for us to really understand them. Hell, even the protagonist doesn't really fall into the hero or anti-hero categories--which would be fine, if it were deliberate, but I wasn't convinced it was.
The novel itself ends abruptly with very little of the plot points resolved, which I should be used to by now as a fantasy reader, but this is an exceptional amount of very little. Apparently it keeps going in three sequels, but I'm not particularly keen to continue unless someone can convince me....more