Interesting book, actual SF like they used to write in the old days before everyone started writing fantasy, etc. The really interesting part, to me, was the actual ‘foreseeing’ of the future in two instances in the book, first published in 1985.
The first one reads: ‘A slate lay one one corner, it’s silver-grey screen blank. A memory block had been plugged into the aperture in the right side of the slate, just above the small keyboard.’
Not quite an i-pad, but pretty damn close for 1985!
The second one reads: ‘”Why, young Ivan doesn’t know a computer terminal from a tractor wheel. Even the Chinese are beating them.”
“The Chinese might edge ahead of us in a generation or two.”’
Which certainly seems prescient in light of economic developments in the 2000s, it seem to me.
So an interesting book with a fascinating story, with an author who actually put some thought into the future (but only by 20 years - the story takes place in the early 2000s).