This is a compelling and readable sophomore effort from Buckell; he's taken a number of hoary science fiction tropes and breathed new life into them -- from the interface of man and machine to
evil alien overlords and their traitorous human servants. His worldbuilding is beyond solid and his characters are
sympathetic and highly memorable.
In the midst of this is Nashara, a woman less human than machine, bound and determined to get home -- and she may be the key to humanity's true freedom. (Tor, Jun., 320 pp., $24.95)