The Neutronium Alchemist

The second book in The Night’s Dawn Trilogy, The Neutronium Alchemist picks up right where The Reality Dysfunction left off.  Fortunately, it does not have the slow beginning of having to explain who the characters are and where they came from.

Without getting into too much of a synopsis of the book, allow me to explain one of the best parts of the book.  The knowledge of the possessed has caused people to rethink their belief in the afterlife.  Religious folks (the Adamists) are starting to panic.  The afterlife means going to the beyond and suffering in purgatory.  The atheists (Edenists) see the possessed and wonder if they made the right decision.  They transfer their memories into their habitats, but now they have to wonder if that is the right choice, since they also have a soul.

As I read this I realized that this is how it would be here if somehow a god was proven to exist.  Atheists would look at the data and go “oh, I guess we were wrong.”  Religious people though, would probably go to war with each other trying to prove which denomination was correct.  Just something I enjoyed.

Anyways, I am excited to see what this Sleeping God will end up being.  Also, I loved Syrinx’s visit with the Kiint.  They are this super brilliant race, who have already survived their own Reality Dysfunction, yet they explain to us that they cannot help because every species must face this crisis on their own.

I think that after I finish the third book, I will do a casting call for some of the main characters…that is always fun.