This is the story of a young man's odyssey of self-discovery, from dangerous adolescent to warrior, from outcast to near-godhood, in a far-future Earth dramatically changed from the one we know.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Whether your literary tastes run along the lines of sci-fi, fantasy or mysticism, this is a worthy addition to your collection. If this is your first foray into Attanasio or sci-fi, and since this is a hard volume to find, I highly suggest borrowing a copy first.
Reading this book was also an exercise in frustration, as a hundred different characters keep popping in and out. You need a score card to keep track. And terms. He sticks together so many words and phrases and similes that my eyes glazed over trying to read them. Psynergy, eo, Delph, godmind, voors, starglass. It's annoying to have to go back and forth trying to figure who's who and what's what. The only reason I even finished this book was because I had already read half of it and wanted to see if it got any better.
A lot of people have compared this novel to Dune by Frank Herbert. Perhaps it has a few similarities, but Dune is a vastly superior work.