seriously over-hyped as a "plausible techno-thriller". It's not plausible, the tech is boring, the characters two dimensional and stereotyped, and the action way, way over the top. Pretty much like a video game, actually. ;)If you want a "reshaping society" technothriller, then Directive 51 (and Daybreak Zero) by John Barnes are much, much better. If you want secret AIs, then Robert Sawyer's WWW series is okay, and there are those books from an earlier and more innocent time like "The Adolesence of P1" by Thomas Ryan and "When Harlie Was One" by David Gerrold.