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This review is from: Equations of Life (Samuil Petrovich) (Mass Market Paperback)
Simply, I wouldn't go out of my way to read this, but am glad I picked it up for a quick read.
Equations of Life isn't a particularly well written book. By and large, it feels superfluous. The technology isn't all that interesting (virtual reality's done better elsewhere) and the vision of a dystopian future is limited (crowded subways, nuns with guns, and automated cars?). There's a bit of a slog in the middle where nothing moves forward despite all the jostling around, but it is action packed (someone else mentioned, it reads like a movie), and you always want to know what's coming next.
Better stated, you're invested in seeing what happens to Samuil Petrovitch, our genius, weak-of-heart but strong-of-will protagonist with a penchant for snark in the face of heavy weaponry. He definitely keeps your interest piqued - sometimes in spite of his one-liners. (He's why this gets 4 stars instead of 3.)
If you have time to kill, hanging out with Petrovitch isn't a bad way of spending it, though I'm sure you can find better.