Messiah Node continues the fantastic, character-driven LINK angel series

Messiah Node continues the fantastic, character-driven LINK angel series

★★★★★

(5 stars)

(Book three. Here is two and one.)

“CHARACTERS:

All powerful 35-year old unlucky computer hacker, my husband
Genderless polite muslim AI clone of said hacker
Satan with a bad hairstyle
Satan’s girlfriend, a cyborg former-vatican police officer turned anti-christ with an evil AI living in her robo skeleton
Michael the insane homeless Archangel who just wants the best for his bastard daughter
Zionist lesbian criminal with PTSD

How can you not have fun, honestly?”

I can’t deny it: I love these characters too much. The plot is too much fun, the characters are too much fun, and the world, now better realized since book two, is finally something I understand the rules of.

The plot loses itself as it approaches the end- it is a bit of a disappointment, and the action gets a bit hazy and confusing. We don’t get enough screen time either- there’s four main first person viewpoints, and between them, it feels like things are moving very slowly. They spend most of the book apart and with their own problems, so there’s this large gap of time between developments where you’re just waiting to learn what happened.

It itsn’t too bad though- I was never slagging through chapters. Except, of course, with Rebekah. SIGH. How could this happen? How did a minor character get to have a viewpoint- and be so god damn boring? I don’t care about her in the slightest! I used her chapters as stopping points, confident I’d read a good chunk by the time I hit her. I guess she had… PTSD? and… was gay? And that was great and all, but wow, I do not care about her. Her story doesn’t even matter much compared to the others- by the time it does, she has crossed paths with Mouse anyways. We really didn’t need her side of the story.

Speaking of Mouse: My husband. My love. The light of my life. His viewpoint is my world, honestly? Same with Page, his genderless AI clone. I love both of them. Michael is not a great viewpoint, and I don’t feel like I gained much from hearing his perspective- but at least his story was interesting and told us what we needed to know (set up for the next book, mostly).

There was a desperate amount of NOT Morningstar+Emmaline in this book, by the way. I just want to chill with satan and his girlfriend, is that really too much to ask?

CHARACTERS:

All powerful 35-year old unlucky computer hacker, my husband
Genderless polite muslim AI clone of said hacker
Satan with a bad hairstyle
Satan’s girlfriend, a cyborg former-vatican police officer turned anti-christ with an evil AI living in her robo skeleton
Michael the insane homeless Archangel who just wants the best for his bastard daughter
Zionist lesbian criminal with PTSD

How can you not have fun, honestly?

SETTING:

Mostly Paris. Basically only Paris.

OVERALL:

I had too much of a good time, even if the ending took a turn for the less-than-good. Looking forward to the next book!

I don’t get how many people are calling this too silly- it is a bit ridiculous, but god, it’s book three. Shouldn’t you be used to it by now?

 

SIDENOTE:

As someone who knows very little about religion, I got this weird feeling of… learning something… from this book. A lot of the narrative is conveyed through news articles at the end of each chapter, and I went in very confused (I really know nothing) and left still confused with a surprising host of knowledge. O…Kay?

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