By M. J. Locke
Geoff and his acquaintances stay in Phocaea, asteroid colony at the sunlight System's frontier. they're your easy high-spirited teenagers, having fun with such hobbies as hacking subject compilers to provide dancing skeletons that prance in the course of the low-gee communal components, utilizing their rocket-bikes to salvage methane ice shrapnel that flies away whilst the colony brings in an enormous (and important) rock of the stuff, and knowing the best way to keep away from the ever-present surveillance motes which are the million eyes of 'Stroiders, a reality-TV express whose Earthside manufacturers have paid handsomely for the privilege of spying on each aspect of the Phocaeans' lives.
Life isn’t pretty much as good because it turns out, notwithstanding. A mysterious act of sabotage kills Geoff's brother Carl and places the whole colony in danger. And briefly order, we find that the whole lot could have been cooked up by way of the Martian mafia, as a method of executing a coup and turning Phocaea right into a client-state. as though that wasn't undesirable sufficient, there is a rogue AI that was once spawned through the business emergency and slipped in the course of the distracted safeguards, and an immense x-factor within the type of the Viridians, a transhumanist cult that lives in Phocaea's bowels.
In addition to Geoff, our tale revolves round Jane, the colony's source supervisor -- a bureaucrat engineer answerable for protecting the plumbing working on a man-made island of humanity poised at the knife-edge of difficult vacuum and unforgiving house. She's greater than a century previous, and sturdy at her task, yet she is torn among the technical calls for of the colony and the political realities of her scenario, during which the fishbowl impact of 'Stroiders is compounded through a name financial system that turns all people right into a attractiveness contest competitor. Her manoeuverings to maintain politics and engineering in concord are the center of the book.