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The world created for the background to the mystery explores the possible implication for a disease that doesn't kill but rater with technological aid created a new category of human (maybe). It brings to mind the deaf parents who do not want their children or themselves "cured" of their disabilities. Scalzi leaves this discussion ambiguous rather promote his own view -- the reader is lead to consider it but is not offered a resolution.
The lead character is a little unusual in that he is a nice, bright young fellow. Somewhat innocent and seltered even for a victim of a devastating disease and not to mention heir to a fortune. Much more a fresh minted Peter Wimsey than a Mike Hammer or Phillip Marlowe type.
The work that went into this world and these characters begs foe a sequel or even a series.
Fun read... highly recommend.
Without question, there are some intriguing characters and a wealth of sarcastic dialogue, that is the hallmark of Mr. Scalzi. I find the gradual introduction of "threeps" to be skillfully done, somewhat like peeling away the layers of an onion, finally revealing the physical and cognitive nature of a new mode of existence. Where the novel takes a disjointed turn is with the murder mystery elements. I find this a tedious and boring listing of characters, which is, for about half the novel, unrelenting and confusing. During this aspect of plot development, the story is difficult to follow. I was on the verge of putting the book down and returning it. However, I did complete the task; I must admit that the final few chapters become far more intriguing and even harkened back to Mr. Scalzi's more successful creations.
I was left with a sense that what was missing was the guiding hand of a skilled editor, along with a dose of of Harry Wilson's charm.