A sci-fi novel in the style of James P. Hogan. It grabbed my interest right away.
But the hero becomes annoying because he is stupid and incompetent and a lousy
fighter. He is constantly getting into traps because of his carelessness. The
story takes place in a dystopia in which Earth is divided into several territories
ruled by rival totalitarian states and anarchic free zones where refugees live.
The states are ruled by elites who control the process of manufacturing and
controlling mimes (people genetically engineered to transform into different shapes
when programs are loaded into them). The mimes are slaves and they are hated by
most real people. The hero is a mime who serves his state as a secret agent (even
though he seems to lack the basic intelligence and wariness needed for the job). He
is motivated by the promise of freedom if he successfully completes one final
mission: infiltrating the citadel of the chief rival state and returning with vital
code from their central computer.
Year Read: 2002
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