The Betrayal - Cyteen, Bk 1 Author:C. J. Cherryh The first part of C.J. Cherryh's award-winning triad introduces the planet and complex politics of Cyteen, part of the Alliance/Union universe. Resources are limited and the scientific compound of Reseune, which produces computer-trained clones called azis, is a major power center. Reseune's lead scientist, the fierce and cruel Dr. Ariane Emory,... more » has dominated Cyteen's political scene for decades. When she is assassinated, Reseune officials railroad a suspect and then experiment by creating a personal duplicate of Ariane. The bad news is, a clone isn't good enough. They want to recreate Dr. Emory's mind as well, and devise an artificial life for the little Ariane who'll be raised just like the original.« less
Normally I really like Cherryh's writing, but not this time. I got halfway through the book and realized that I didn't care about any of the characters and didn't care what happened to them. Maybe something happens later to turn that around, but I just felt that reading more wouldn't be worth my time.
For fifty years, Dr. Ariane Emory has dominated politics on Cyteen Station. Because Dr. Emory controls Reseune, a city-sized factory that creates the one item essential to the planet's wealth. Reseune produces people--computer-trained azi servants and soldiers.