After the fantastic, ‘Altered Carbon’, it was straight into this, the second book in the trilogy. And after ‘Altered Carbon’ i had exceptionally high hopes for this book, which, admittedly, one should maybe not do, but one can but hope. Did it meet the expectations?
But i certainly wasn’t disappointed. Like ‘Altered Carbon’, it kept me turning the pages, but whereas ‘Altered Carbon’ is set on Earth, ‘Broken Angels’ is set on a planet far, far away. And it’s that one single difference that, for me at least, lets this book down a tiny, tiny bit. I just didn’t feel involved any more, because it’s so far out from the world as i know it that it doesn’t capture me like a book set on Earth does.
Normally one doesn’t notice these things. Usually a sci-fi trilogy is set solely on other planets in a different time with lots of the same characters re-appearing, and it all just flows nicely and feels complete within itself. But this jump from a story based mostly on Earth, with towns and places that we can all relate to, to being based completely on another planet, far, far away, with only one common character, is like reading something that’s not a trilogy any more.
Having said that though, it’s still a good book. But it’s just not the flowing trilogy that i had hoped for and expected from the first book. As the saying goes, ‘Expectation is the mother of all fuck ups’.
Yeah, maybe i shouldn’t have expected that, and to be fair, this book does point out that if you don’t have any expectations and then you will be ready to deal with anything.
Anyways, now i’m not expecting anything with the third book, ‘Woken Furies’ — which i’ve started reading immediately after finishing ‘Broken Angels’ — but more of Takeshi Kovacs running amok while killing lots of people, causing lots of mayhem and thinking lots of philosophical points to justify doing so along the way. And he’s already doing that in the first 10 pages.
Although, maybe i lied. I do expect a couple more rampant sex scenes written into it and i’ll be quite disappointed if they’re not there. Both the first two books have had 2 very descriptive and very inventive sex scenes, so this book had better do as well.
All in all though, to sum it up, a very good read if you like lots of death, mayhem, corporate villains, with some highly descriptive sex scenes thrown in. Oh, and i almost forgot, there’s even some Martians as well — yeah, like real Martians.