The People's Republic of China dominates half the globe, balanced only by the combined power of the decaying Western world. As main players in a new age of expansion, the Chinese reach outward to establish many stations throughout the solar system.
Sun Xinmei is a bold and devious young graduate of Tsinghua University in Beijing who becomes intimately embroiled in the system wide slave trade as an agent of the Ministry of State Security.
Li Feng is a brave young man destined to serve as an officer in the Divine Space Force of the PRC. As such he's trained to lead robotic weapons as much as the men who follow them into battle.
Promised to each other, Xinmei and Feng hope to lead successful careers and someday cross paths again to share prosperous lives.
Though space itself proves to be a harsh frontier, they discover that the greatest obstacles to their plans are the inhabitants of the space stations that dot the solar system.
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First half is a slog
It improves nicely after that, but not quite enough to make the book as good as the first one.
If you go straight from Insidious to this one, you'll be scratching your head wondering what happened to the characters and plot from Insidious.
So, it helps to know that it's taking place AT THE SAME TIME as the first book, Insidious.
Once you reach the halfway point it starts to make more sense.
In Insidious, most of the chapters switched perspectives between different main characters and story lines... So it's really just three different (related and interacting) stories being told all at the same time. Industrious simply introduces two more story lines, main characters and perspectives into the SAME story.
I think I would have enjoyed the story a bit more if that had been made clearer, and/or if the content of the first half of the book had been compressed down to a few chapters.