This review is based on reading only half the book, 48% according to Kindle. So please take this with a hefty amount of salt. I'd like to think the book got better in the second half but I couldn't be arsed to continue.
One would think the book would work just on the premise alone: a future where America has been ravaged by a 2nd civil war; those on the battlefield are not humans but genetically crafted animal/human hybrids treated subhuman soldiering slaves to do mankind's bidding; technology has advanced to the point where cars run on autopilot; virtual worlds can be explored as near lifelike simulations; damaged or amputated limbs can be regrown, and scientists are attempting to properly transplant brains into complete cybernetic bodies. Now have one of those scientists have a horrible accident, but have his brain not placed into a robot body but instead that of a subhuman soldier who also happens to be on the opposite sex.
Halfway into this book and I feel like screaming to the author, "How do you screw that up?"
The focus and pacing of this book seems to be the culprit. Based on that description you'd think that this would a cerebral, gritty, somewhat bizarre and perhaps action-packed entry to the world of tomorrow. Instead why you're given are the methodical drama-ridden accounts of the main character's experiences in physical therapy all taking place the same nondescript scientific-medical facility.
Reading this, I understood the drama and pain such a situation would likely put someone into. The author clearly didn't think anyone would though, and thus felt the need to stretch it out for 10+ chapters (or possibly the whole story). I wouldn't be so naive to think that the main character would just drop all of their emotional baggage, but I wanted the main character to get up onto their feet and start exploring this world but can't so much the story is dedicated to them just learning how to walk.
"Which meant I couldn't do anything about neo rights, my marriage, or anything that really mattered. Add to that the fact that I was going a bit stir crazy, and my life really stank." (207)
Every so often you'll be given hints or small references to bigger things going on beyond the hospital. Again I'd like to think that eventually the book picks up but halfway through it really didn't seem like the author wasn't interested in really telling that type of story because doing so would make this drek actually entertaining.
This is the future? Because the future looks very boring.
The book is written in first person and does form of a memoir-like fashion which is fine, but due to the author's style, moments of introspection, example, and self reference come across as someone improperly breaking the 4th wall. The main character will speak to the reader(s) every so often but all this does is break the narrative flow. The pacing of events are far to drawn out the character lacks the style to truly create the mental picture of someone sitting down with you and telling you his story.
Typo's were a little too numerous for comfort but forgivable. I personally was more annoyed by the author's gratuitous overuse of the descriptor, 'thoughtful'.
Characters in this book range from somewhat flat to nearly non-existent. The main character of Todd and his therapist Shimada will have the same conversation again and again and again and again and again about his condition and how he needs to handle it. The expected sexual confusion and awkwardness of the main character's dilemma is either glossed over or reported in a dry uninteresting manner.
I will say the most attention-grabbing moments were those that directly related to the main characters issues with his wife. The author deserves credit for making me identify and even outrage alongside the characters based on that situation.
...and I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but as someone who has experience 3d sculpting & modeling I have directly address the author of this book and tell him that your models and render look horrible. Head to Polycount, Gameartisans, CGSociety, or Deviant Art even and hire somebody. Please.
In summation, I was very disappointed by this book. A great premise seems to have been squandered by shoddy focus and bad execution. All of that interesting science fiction is boiled out and all that's left is something less worthy of a Lifetime Channel original movie.