Good lord this is bleak. I won’t go into details. However, this book, which seems at first to be a child of the 80s with their fear of nuclear annihilation, is terribly relevant to today’s world, given that the plot eventually hinges on the question of whether it is right for ‘special’ individuals to take it on themselves to direct the fates of people ‘for their own good’. In the age of Wikileaks and the so-called ‘citizen journalist’ this is more relevant than ever.
So read it. But don’t expect typical superhero fare. The only character with any sense of justice is psychotic. The ending is unremittingly dark. But it’ll make you think, which is the whole point.