Behemoth by Peter Watts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
After the last book gave us a world above the ocean and the one before gave us the world below, I wondered just where this (duo/single?) third novel would take us.
Indeed, it gave us a synthesis. We had a treat of biology, more gene-modding, collapsing ecospheres, and even a bit of cooperation as the virus that had once been biological had become computational and had destroyed our modern world AND infected us biologically.
This is a true dystopian, no matter how you look at it, but it is also a wonderful combination of cyberpunk, biopunk, and military SF.
Military SF? Oh yeah, it went there this time. :)
Big time war. All those victim/victimizers out there finally found common ground and decided to team up or team-WITH the ancient big-bad. Totally cool.
I think it redeems a bit of the issue I had with the middle book by way of theme and analysis. It was also a bit more fast-paced and focused, less wandering. It had less discovery. I like discovery, of course, but with everything else that was going on, I really wanted to see some kind of cool resolution.
And we got it, here.
I totally recommend this SF series. Some people might prefer to have stopped at the first, but this entire cycle was well worth the effort.
Peter Watts is an absolute Must-Read for me. I won't quibble anymore. He's on my favorites list. :)
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