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The Trials by Linda Nagata
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The Trials is the sequel to Nagata's The Red, one of my favorite books of last year. It offers much of the same as it's predecessor - a cynical and darkly humorous vision of a near future of normalized mass surveillance and privatized war-mongering. Nagata's action set pieces are precise and thrilling, and the way she integrates her future tech with the inner life of her hero, James Shelley, is unlike anything I've seen in the genre.
There are a few curious developments that Nagata doesn't explore adequately. So much of what makes these books compelling is Shelley's uncertainty over how many of his decisions, and the decisions made by others that impact him, are manipulations fostered by The Red. Logically, the reader's mind becomes trained to question the sincerity of every plot development and character choice, even when Shelley doesn't. The disparity can be a little frustrating. I hope some of my questions are addressed in the third book.
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Reading Progress

August 18, 2015 – Shelved
August 19, 2015 –
page 25
August 24, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
September 8, 2015 – Started Reading
August 29, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
September 18, 2016 – Finished Reading

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