Let me just say that biomites are what I hope humanity uses to extend the lifespan in our near future. As a scifi reader and writer I spend a lot of time hoping that I’ll live forever and even transfer my consciousness into a robot body. Weird? Sure, but I’m happy to wear that mantle.
The Halfskin trilogy explores this possibility in a dystopian world that cherishes and persecutes synthetic life in equal measure. Religion and science are at one another’s throats, with characters taking sides, and sometimes finding themselves blurring the lines in a search for deeper meaning and to understand what truly makes a person a person. This was a wonderful subject matter that I have also explored in a couple of my novels. Bertauski delivered on the back cover blurb! I was very satisfied with the read. Prepare to wonder what a soul is and how it may be twined with the body. This is a concept that the anime Ghost in the Shell first exposed me to, and a longstanding fascination.
After all if technology could copy your mind and place it elsewhere, or even transfer it out of your brain, how would we know if the copy is truly somehow still the original? If something were missing, would we be able to detect that?
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Do you love well executed shifting points of view that drive a larger story? Not a glimpse through even the smallest character’s eyes was wasted here. Every perspective drives the reader toward the big question. Who is in control of the biomites, mother, and the harsh laws set to isolate anyone who is composed of greater than fifty percent biomites.
Toward the end I began to wonder if being made of the right biomites (you’ll know them when you get there) is like being Buddha or like being the Borg!
The world of Halfskin and its star inhabitants are original and leave a striking impression. Some of the imagery used to describe the Dream-eater was beautiful and compelling.
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