Reunion by Alan Dean Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Flinx is on his self-discovery kick (as usual) and thanks to a bit of a logic hijinx on an AI, he's hot on the trail of the group who created him and people like him. Those gene-eng bastards! Enter new locations, strange planets, awesome man-eating plants and animals, and big surprises on grand scales.
Sound like formula? Well, yeah. It is. It's pretty much a standard for adventure, but these books are following the same trail like clockwork. :) Is that a problem? I personally don't think so. In fact, I think ADF has a really great thing going because Flinx as a character is leveling up. His powers, man! And all the hints of really really really BDO's out there using him for their own purposes? The grand-scale stuff is pretty awesome. Think Star Wars where most of the screen time is dealing with people and small stuff and simple survival and mini-quests and then plop everything into a huge WTF event like blowing up the death star to wrap everything up.
Yup. Pip and Flinx have that pretty much down. The big difference is always going to be in the truly cool way all this is weaving together on the macro scale. Loving it, even. :)
I'm not going to spoil the title of this one but it's perfect on many levels. Macro and micro. An old character comes back to raise mighty hell. I was pretty damn impressed with the end. :)
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