The evocation of a rapidly growing, empty city that mimics Punktown is often haunting, the ultimate resolution of the mystery behind both the city and the clones for the most part satisfying. However, the most evocative parts of the novel have to do with Thomas' made-up creatures, from "yubos" to "benders." Benders are a little like huge floating jellyfish, and they help showcase the author's truly impressive imagination. A scene in which Stake is attacked by a bender has an authenticity of detail rare in science fiction.
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