By M. J. Locke
Geoff and his acquaintances reside in Phocaea, a far off asteroid colony at the sunlight System's frontier. They're your easy high-spirited teenagers, having fun with such interests as hacking topic compilers to supply dancing skeletons that prance during the low-gee communal parts, utilizing their rocket-bikes to salvage methane ice shrapnel that flies away whilst the colony brings in a huge (and important) rock of the stuff, and knowing tips on how to steer clear of the ever-present surveillance motes which are the million eyes of 'Stroiders, a reality-TV exhibit whose Earthside manufacturers have paid handsomely for the privilege of spying on each aspect of the Phocaeans' lives.
Life isn’t nearly as good because it turns out, notwithstanding. A mysterious act of sabotage kills Geoff's brother Carl and places the full colony in danger. And briefly order, we find that the whole lot can have been cooked up through the Martian mafia, as a method of executing a coup and turning Phocaea right into a client-state. as though that wasn't undesirable adequate, there's a rogue AI that was once spawned through the commercial emergency and slipped during the distracted safeguards, and a tremendous x-factor within the kind of the Viridians, a transhumanist cult that lives in Phocaea's bowels.
In addition to Geoff, our tale revolves round Jane, the colony's source supervisor -- a bureaucrat engineer in command of preserving the plumbing working on a synthetic island of humanity poised at the knife-edge of not easy vacuum and unforgiving area. She's greater than a century previous, and strong at her activity, yet she is torn among the technical calls for of the colony and the political realities of her state of affairs, within which the fishbowl impression of 'Stroiders is compounded through a name economic climate that turns every body right into a good looks contest competitor. Her manoeuverings to maintain politics and engineering in concord are the center of the book.