Title: Into Everywhere (The Choice #2)
Author: Paul McAuley
Publication Date: April 11, 2017

I received a review copy from the publisher Gollancz. This does not affect my opinion in any way!

Goodreads Summary:

The Jackaroo, those enigmatic aliens who claim to have come to help, gave humanity access to worlds littered with ruins and scraps of technology left by long-dead client races. But although people have found new uses for alien technology, that technology may have found its own uses for people.

The dissolute scion of a powerful merchant family, and a woman living in seclusion with only her dog and her demons for company, have become infected by a copies of a powerful chunk of alien code.

Driven to discover what it wants from them, they become caught up in a conflict between a policeman allied to the Jackaroo and the laminated brain of a scientific wizard, and a mystery that spans light years and centuries. Humanity is about to discover why the Jackaroo came to help us, and how that help is shaping the end of human history.

Into Everywhere is an intelligently crafted Sci-Fi space opera for the hardcore fans of Sci-Fi but also accessible to those who are not necessarily into hardcore Sci-Fi. As such, I was able to enjoy the overal concept and specific moments and parts even though some of the more technical scientific concepts and terminology went over my head.

This is a sequel so I would suggest beginning with the first book, as to have some sense of the world and the characters. I have not read the first book so maybe that’s why I felt disoriented in this world. That being said, I did enjoy the political intrigue, the idea of humans being ‘helped’ by aliens and being haunted by alien ghosts like some sort of code which embeds itself into the infected’s consciousness. I felt it was a really cool idea and the way in which the author chose to tell the story kept me intrigued, unsure who was on which side and how it would all come together.

I really like the way two story-lines converge in the end while at first seeming totally unconnected. The different factions all think they know what the aliens want but they are all wrong. The main characters are swept up in schemes not of their own making and are connected in ways that in intrinsic to the end-game.

Overall, this is a well-thought out, intelligent space-opera and I loved the world and the far-out ideas even if I don’t understand all of them.
Overall, a really good read and definitely one for the hardcore Sci-Fi fans.