This is the concluding book in the Rifters series by Peter Watts, this review will possibly contain some spoilers for those of you who have not read the first two books.
Now the previous book left much to be desired, it was somewhat a boorish read. This book starts off well; we are once again at the bottom of the ocean with Lenie Clarke, Ken Lubin and the few rifters who are left.
But after the unsuccessful containment of Behemoth despite the drastic measures taken, The Corpses are there with them in a deep sea habitat called Atlantis. In Starfish Beebe Station was almost a character in its own right, not so much with Atlantis. Here the focus is on the people and the rift between the two factions.
There is tension between Corpses and Rifters caused by Rifters learning about what the Corpses did to them to make them suitable for deep sea living. In turn the Corpses do not trust the rifters, least of all Lenie Clarke since she is the reason they had to move in to exile.
But in this environment there is an unlikely alliance between two people who try to avert a tense situation escalating to where things go boom. They almost succeeded.
The story begins with this tension, and builds on it, and eventually pushes Lenie Clarke and Ken Lubin top side to try and keep Atlantis and is occupants a secret, there they encounter a new super bug this complicates things. A lot. And here the story begins in earnest.
This book picks up the rubble from the second and builds on it; the story is not as great as it was in the first book. But the characters are back to their former glory. When reading this book you will encounter some chapters that seems to break the rhythm of the story (the … as a/n … chapters) While they do play in to the story nicely at the end, they are a bit much considering how late in the book they resurface.
This book is not without faults; my primary complaint is that the ending seems to have snuck up on the author, more so that it will on the reader. While it does leave you with a feeling of the story ending a bit abruptly it does not take anything away from the reading experience.
There is not much else to say, as I have reviewed the two previous books. This book is a recommended read to those who have read the previous two; it does not work as a standalone book.