from the back: "In the twenty-fourth century, nano=designed biology has turned the world into humanity's playground. Entrepreneur Lucius Sterling has created a trillion-dollar empire by solving the world's problems: poverty, disease, war--even death. The handful of people wealthy enough can pay for conversion to Deathless, a controversial process that transforms a person into nanobiology, cell by cell, granting them eternal beauty and health.
All these wonders unravel when a new technology attacks the fundamental building blocks of nanobiology. No one knows the source of the destruction or where it will hit next. As nanobiology cities crumble, the Deathless retreat into tightly guarded compounds. Once invulnerable, this new technology now endangers their very existence. Rumors fly that its creator may even be one of their own. The world hovers on the brink of war. And the only persoln who can investigate is Jack Sterling, Lucius's estranged great-grandson, exiled from modern life by a deadly allergy to the very nanobiology that made his family's fortune..."
I enjoyed this book, but had a few spots where it wasn't incredible. The author gets a little too fond of certain phrases, and I was really sick of them being used so frequently. Also, there are a few things that are reasonably predictable, but they weren't major plot pieces. The character development and so on gets better as the book goes along, and there were some major plots points that I honestly was surprised by. By the end I had added it to my list to look for the sequel when it comes out.
From Review's weekly
Starred Review. This enthralling science fiction thriller focuses on advances in nanotechnology that have irrevocably transformed every aspect of the not-so-distant future, remaking entire cities and eradicating death and disease for those with sufficient wealth. In Elysium, a nanotech-built island fortress, Jack, the great-great grandson of nanotech trillionaire Lucius Sterling, finds himself shut out of immortality because of a deathly allergy to the nanobiology that converts mortal men to Deathless. After 10 years of quarantine, Jack escapes to one of the few places on Earth untouched by the advances: a Mennonite enclave in Montana. His peaceful life there is disrupted when Lucius calls him back to Elysium in desperation: a mysterious cloud of particles capable of destroying any nanotech person, place or thing they come in contact witha "dissembler"threatens to destroy the fabric of the modern world, and Jack may be the only person who can stop it. Mitchell establishes a realistic future evolved logically from our present, giving her themesmankind's "right" to immortality, capitalist control of scientific advancements, the slippery nature of progressthe weight of believability. Her characters are exceptionally well-drawn, and her philosophizing is skillfully balanced against the unfolding action. This book is the first in a series that should prove fascinating. (June)
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