This is a terrific book on what it is like to be a sentient being. The main character is flooded by information, like all of us and has to learn to survive. After the first 100 pages there is a detour in the book's strength, in that secondary characters are introduced who are sexual minorities. There may have been a reason for this, but it was a minor distraction. I would recomend this book to fans of basically sentient characters (like Robocop), fans of pursuit/suspense (like Dean Koontz and Jefferson Swycaffer novels), and to readers interested in artificial intelligence or just the mystery of being alive. Whenever I feel down I pick up this book or Shadows Fall by Simon Green.
P. S.: I did not understand why the plot included that path (meeting sexual minorities). I think I do now as some readers told me that the main character was one that some female readers thought should have advanced herself to represent women in society, as in breaking the glass ceiling.... Instead she took a Buddhist path of being a sentient being and listening to people and being compassionate. Her interaction with sexual minorities in the middle of the book shows that she is basically a non-sexual being and not bound to gender considerations, but to consideration of all humans and sentient beings.
Nothing wrong with fighting against the glass ceiling, it's just not THIS CHARACTER's main interest. I think. As shown above. Nopthing wrong with sexual minorities anywzy.