Livia Kodaly, resident of the Westerhaven manifold on the Teven Coronal, finds that her world is being systematically destroyed by a group known only as 3340. Teven is a collection of consensual realities, known as manifolds, and Livia is one of the few natives who is able to cope with the reality beyond the AIs. Along with her friends Aaron and Qiingi, she escapes from Teven and makes her way to the Archipelago, where the realities are constructed as personal narratives, as opposed to a collective drive for meaning.

This is primarily a novel about ideas and about change. Luckily, readers have a bright and glimmering guide through the sometimes confusing maze in Livia. As she comes to a greater understanding of her universe, so does the reader. Highly recommended to fans of hard science fiction and to those readers who enjoy a good challenge. (Jul., 320 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs