Wonderful little psychological portraits of Jane's friends and relatives, and even of herself, which is very impressive since the book is written in first person.
Quite interesting vision of the near future. It never becomes more than a back-drop for Jane, but has some clever ideas. It's neither the typical "the world is destroyed in nuclear war" of the time (1981) or the budding cyberpunk, but its own little hybrid of (commentary on?) the two.
The only unsatisfactory part of the book is the very last chapter, which rather patronizes the reader. I won't say it feels tacked on, as it's certainly foreshadowed through-out the book (perhaps a tad heavily).
Editor's intervention? "It's a YA novel after all, mustn't make the little darlings use their brains and basic human insight, nevermind it's a pre-requisite for reading the book in the first place"?
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