|Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez is not a continuation of his previous two books, Daemon and Freedom. This is a stand alone novel with no connection to the previous two books. I just want to make that clear that if you are looking for more from the Daemon universe you aren't going to get it here.|
What you are going to get is an engaging and sometimes thought provoking novel in which autonomous drones are killing people all over the world. After a few scenes of the awesome power of the drones we are introduced two our protagonists. A military organization who's mission is to figure out who is behind the drone strikes and a myrmecologist who's ant behaviour algorithms may be being used to give the drones a type of intelligence.
The cons of this book are that it is short and I found that the story itself was no where near as interesting as the questions it posed. I found myself spending more time thinking about whether or not drones should ever be used without a human intelligence overseeing the entire operation. As a software developer I realize how easy it is for bugs to crop up in the system.
|The Dreaming Void by Peter F Hamilton is a sprawling science fiction epic set in the year 3589. In the far future humanity has discovered a void which takes on a very religious context. One man Inigo discovers he is able to dream about the humans who live inside the void in a type of paradise. Over one hundred years after Inigo's disappearance a second dreamer has emerged. This signals the followers of the dream to begin preparing for a pilgrimage into the void. A pilgrimage that some think may cause the void to expand and destroy millions of worlds.|
So that's the setup. The execution is excellently done. It follows a number of main characters in various parts of the galaxy and I'm yet to determine how their stories relate. Honestly, I can't accurately judge this book until I read the next two in the series.