Altered Carbon suffered from neither of these and as such it was perfect. This follow up, Broken Angels isn't quite as succsseful. For a start it tries too hard. As a sequel it just isn't as effortless as its predecessor, the technology gets in the way, the characters are too brash and the story is too convoluted.
And that ties up into quite a confusing little package - in a valient attempt at keeping the reader guessing Morgan has chucked more twists in than a bucket of twisty twister twists. And its just hoplessly confusing. At one point I was flicking back by 100 pages trying to work out what I'd read the day before and if that guy with the thing was actually that guy who did the thing with the other thing, but its not its ok its a different guy but they might be the same guy, and it might actually be a man and for fucks sake its all irrelevent.
What the novel does deliver in large doses is a downbeat look at corporate society (however unsubtle) and some fantastic action.
A case of trying too hard, this isn't a bad novel but its not any better than the sum of its parts which is a shame because Takeshi Kovacs is an excellent character who deserves more....Continua