Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Bantam (2 Jan 2006)
This is the third and concluding volume of the Nulapeiron Sequence, which takes place in the 35th Century when where humanity lives is in giant cave systems, and when the surface of the planet is uninhabited due to ubiquitous agoraphobia.
(Except there are flashbacks to the 22nd Century, when the Pilots' Guild was first getting going.)
Tom Corcorigan is Lord of a Domain in this strange place where domains have neighbours not just beside them, but above and below too. And though he has helped defeat the Blight (albeit at the cost to him of an arm), he now finds that a bigger, badder threat is coming, one which is swallowing other domains and turning their inhabitants into zombie reproductions of their original selves. Somehow, this threat must be defeated.
When Meaney's first book, To Hold Infinity, was published, it was one of the best books of the year. I've not been quite so keen on this series for, although it has plenty of invention (fighting squads racing to the attack in overgrown spiders that skim along cavern ceilings?), I didn't get quite the same from it. However, it's still good, even if not quite as dazzling as his debut.