This book focuses upon Pepper's (Jane) and Lovelace's (Ship AI) histories and, individually, their growth towards life's fulfillment. Both characters were closed off from society and so had much in common. The author shows that gene manipulation could be used devastatingly to produce a society where many are cloned and thereby enslaved to manufacture goods and services for the few. Philosophically where does society stand in relation to artificial intelligence? My preference is for more action in sci-fi, and so the four stars, but I recognise the quality of this work. I highly recommend it.
As with Wayfarers 1, there are many interesting ideas in this story, although it fell apart disappointingly at the conclusion. Although I enjoyed much of the book, a couple of glaring science errors detracted from my pleasure - a 'tidally locked' moon has one face directed to its planet (as with our moon), but it does not have one face locked to the sun (and it makes no difference if the planet is also tidally locked). And harvesting the kit's kinetic energy to power the kit might seem attractive, but it just doesn't work! Or perhaps I should mount a wind turbine on the roof of my electric car, and charge my batteries as I go along? The conclusion disappointed because of some strange ideas about computer code. I've written self-modifying code, but it has never behaved even slightly like Becky's code.