Really good story, well written, great world building in a decidedly sinister dystopian setting.
Intriguing reading as the characters appear and the story unfolds, one of mystery, action and some terrific humour sprinkled amidst.
A ragbag collection of characters, all of whom strike just the right note to add to the depth of the story.
Echoes, and not very subtle ones either, of WWII, the Nazis and the holocaust, which really added a further chilling layer to this story with its parallels.
Unlike some reviewers I enjoyed the tech explanations, which were interesting and not overdone either in complexity or frequency. It's always fun to see how authors explain high-tech futuristic gadgetry and nothing here had me rolling my eyes in disbelief, which is incredibly common as many authors completely ignore the science portion of the 'science fiction' component of their story.
The humorous banter, mainly between Commander Noa and the enigma that is James, balance what could otherwise have been a much darker and dire story.
A well crafted compelling first book of the series, which I'll definitely be following. Highly recommended.