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Posted August 27, 2001
This was a very interesting book that I found hard to put down. The main character, Andrej Koscuisko, is an aristocrat and doctor forced into the profession of torturer. While learning his new trade, Andrej is horrified to discover that he does, in fact, enjoy causing others pain. However, he feels that the entire system is wrong, thus setting up a psychological dichotomy. Unlike seemingly everyone else in the society Susan Matthews creates, he also sees the human men behind his assigned 'bond-involuntaries' (read 'slaves'). I was aphrensive throughtout the book. His fellow student plots against him and aches to bend him to her will. I worried about the ultimate fate of his slave, and about Andrej's own fate. It was very absorbing, albeit in the way people find a horrific crash on the freeway fascinating. The ending was slightly sinister and made me want more. The book was well written, although sometimes the phrasing was odd and I had to reread a sentence. If you're looking for blazing guns and heroic space adventures, this book isn't for you. If you're looking for an intense yet subtle psylogical thriller in a science fiction setting with tantalizing glimpses of alien cultures, check this novel out. As for me, I'm going right out to buy the sequels.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.