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. Dune may have some metaphysical aspects, but it gradually and slowly introduces you to Arrakis and its world culture instead of bludgeoning you full force on the head like Attanasio does in Radix.
Perhaps the worst thing of all is that Radix is well written. Attanasio's prose is direct and clean and uncluttered, without a lot of useless adverbs. But this was all in vain, since the story itself was so confusing and unengaging.
Overall, I felt more of a sense of boredom and aggravation rather than any sense of wonder reading Radix. And why this book is rated so high, I have no idea. I didn't get any entertainment or even enlightenment out of reading this book.