I just finished this book and I'm so overwhelmed with emotions.
Joy and happiness that Data, or a new form of Data, is alive again.
Grief over Jasminder's senseless death (I, too, was reminded of Tasha).
Anger over Emil/Flint/Akharin stealing Juliana's love from Noonien, or rather, I felt Noonien's ardent jealousy.
Pride and admiration over Noonien's second life story and ultimate sacrifice.
Surprise over Data's decision to not rejoin Starfleet but to start a different life.
Shock and curiosity at Data's decision to search for answers that could revive Lal.
This was a thrilling story, a fascinating character study for Noonien Soong, and an incredible continuation to one of my absolute favorite Star Trek
novels, Immortal Coil
. Seeing Noonien's second life, driven by love for Juliana, for Data, for B-9, for his "miscarriage" prototypes, for even Lore was a wonderful experience to read. I was less enthralled by the typical runabout, but it was a necessary means to an end: The revival of Data.
Even though I predicated fairly early on how Data would return, I was nevertheless excited and thrilled to read the moment come true. Noonien's farewell and sacrifice left me in tears as did Data's farewell to Geordi and his life with Starfleet. I can't wait to read Silent Weapons
(good thing I already have it) and I hope Will and Deanna have at least a cameo so we can see their happiness at Data's return.