One of the things that I find interesting about Doctorow’s work is the balance between observing the world and explaining how things work. With Red Team Blues, more than say the Little Brother series, I felt myself enthralled in the story, rather than being endlessly distracted by the technology. Paul Di Filippo talks about a ‘maturing’, but I also think that this series has a different feel, providing a different perspective. Rather than youth, we are given an older perspective, with Marty Hench 67 and ready for retirement.
My only gripe with the novel was that Hench really did not seem like a 67 year old, but then again, his life is clearly a bit different.
I got the Wil Wheaton read audiobook as a part of a pledged associated with the Kickstarter campaign.