One thing I didn’t like about the writing style was the abbreviate of some words e.g. Gen. for General, title of a character. This didn’t feel right to me when reading a story. I felt a better use of wording would of to drop the Titles and just use the last name of the characters in question throughout the dialogue
There is plenty of technical sci-fi elements to this story, however, I would of liked a stronger character to lead me through the plot. There are a lot of characters introduced in this book, far too many I felt to give any one of them real substance. I appreciate that an alien visitor would affect the whole world and the author has tried to give hints as to how this affects various people in different countries. But I felt this stretch the story too thinly between the many characters. Hence I focused on Metalmark as at least one main character, an artificial intelligence. I did feel his strangeness did reflect is none humanoid origins and has a character, Metalmark does seem to grow as the story unfolds and the advanced technology and futuristic ideas were interesting and imagnative.
Some of the descriptions of the affect of Metalmark’s arrival reads a bit like a list. I would of liked smoother storytelling, little less blunt facts and more character driven approach. Seeing this situation through the eyes of a main character would have been more interesting to read. The whole story is written this way, which was a shame as it felt more like a transcript of facts rather than an interesting story.