Peadar O. Guilin's The Deserter, sequel to The Inferior, follows Stopmouth as he is forced to leave his new tribe and enter the loud, flashy, technologically advanced Roof. The diggers are coming and Stopmouth has to find the love of his life, Indrani, and the weapons she promised if the tribe is to survive. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. The Roof has its own society with it's own problems. A strange virus is destroying the nanotechnology of the roof and angry citizens have started a rebellion. Stopmouth must navigate this crazy new world and find Indrani, all the while doing his best to avoid the governments nano-enhanced agents.
I'd give this book a solid three out of five stars. It was good, but honestly I felt it could have been better. The setting, the main characters, the whole idea of the story was great, insanely creative, but the actual writing of the tale was kind of disappointing. The story got predictable after a while. Every plan went wrong no matter how carefully thought out. Even if they won there was no real sense of triumph because something bad or sad had to happen to get there. Even the ending left a bad taste in my mouth. Truthfully I just wasn't all that impressed with this book.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Cibolo, Texas United States