Natch has been kidnapped and awaken in a windowless room. He’s working with a program called MultiReal. It was developed by the Surina family and the head of that family, Margaret joined a partnership with Natch. Margaret has since died and Natch has disappeared. Margaret’s heirs are attacking their partnership legally.
Elsewhere, members of a society in the Pacific Islands are fighting for their own agenda including breaking out of an orbital prison.
When these forces collide, civil war can erupt unless Natch steps up to the plate. But if he does, his life as he knows it will end.
This is the third book in a trilogy and you jump right into the middle of the story. I found myself extremely lost and unable to make sense in what I was reading. To help there are synopsis of the first two books, Infoquake and MultiReal.
Along with the two synopses, there are several other sections in the appendixes like a glossary of terms, a historical timeline and information concerning historical and social events. These are not just put there as extras but for you to reference. This is a highly complex book and it’s very easy to get confused and lost in it.
And confused and lost, I was. I would think I finally was getting a handle on the story when it would shift and suddenly I was adrift without an anchor. Scrambling, I would once again get a grip on the story only for it to start all over again. It took a long while before I felt I was on solid ground.
THE CONCLUSION TO THE LANDMARK SERIES!
The Defense and Wellness Council is enmeshed in full-scale civil war between Len Borda and the mysterious Magan Kai Lee. Quell has escaped from prison and is stirring up rebellion in the Islands with the aid of a brash young leader named Josiah. Jara and the apprentices of the Surina/Natch MultiReal Fiefcorp still find themselves fighting off legal attacks from their competitors and from Margaret Surina's unscrupulous heirs -- even though MultiReal has completely vanished.
The quest for the truth will lead to the edges of civilization, from the tumultuous society of the Pacific Islands to the lawless orbital colony of 49th Heaven; and through the deeps of time, from the hidden agenda of the Surina family to the real truth behind the Autonomous Revolt that devastated humanity hundreds of years ago.
Meanwhile, Natch has awakened in a windowless prison with nothing but a haze of memory to clue him in as to how he got there. He's still receiving strange hallucinatory messages from Margaret Surina and the nature of reality is buckling all around him. When the smoke clears, Natch must make the ultimate decision - whether to save a world that has scorned and discarded him, or to save the only person he has ever loved: himself.