In the outskirts of space, and the far corners of the Polity, complex dealings are in play.
Several forces continue to pursue the deadly and enigmatic Penny Royal, none more dangerous than the Brockle, a psychopathic forensics AI and criminal who has escaped the Polity’s confinements and is upgrading itself in anticipation of a deadly showdown, becoming ever more powerful and intelligent.
Aboard Factory Station Room 101, the behemoth war factory that birthed Penny Royal, groups of humans, alien prador, and AI war drones grapple for control. The stability of the ship is complicated by the arrival of a gabbleduck known as the Weaver, the last living member of the ancient and powerful Atheter alien race.
What would an Atheter want with the complicated dealings of Penny Royal? Are the Polity and prador forces playing right into the dark AI’s hand, or is it the other way around? Set pieces align in the final book of Neal Asher’s action-packed Transformation trilogy, pointing to a showdown on the cusp of the Layden’s Sink black hole, inside of which lies a powerful secret, one that could destroy the entire Polity.
Asher (War Factory) completes his Transformation series with this powerful work that transcends the borders of morality, existence, and spacetime itself. The rogue AI Penny Royal continues to be the guiding force of this story, which centers on Room 101, the enormous spacefaring war factory where Penny Royal was created and where the last volume's climactic battle took place. Sverl, an alien who's been converted to an AI by Penny Royal, gains control of Room 101 as others converge on it. Thorvald Spear, one of Penny Royal's first victims, resumes his quest to find it, knowing that he is "the judgment the AI had created for itself." Another AI, the Brockle, has decided that it must defend the human and AI Polity from Penny Royal, regardless of how many lives it costs. The final action moves to Panarchia, the planet where Thorvald died, which now orbits a black hole. Asher imagines incredible beings wielding vast alien technologies, devastating space battles, and mind-blowing science, but all ultimately hinges on Thorvald Spear and his very human choices.