Deborah Fruchey on Veneer

This book surprised me by being much better than I thought at first. The personality portraits are rather basic, and it seems to start slowly, but after a good while I realized that this is a novel of ideas – all about the concept of veneer, what it means, what it could mean in augmented reality, what people would be like if they could augment reality – particularly the look of their own faces & bodies – what lies behind the veneer – all taken to an extreme slowly and by degrees. By the end, I was rather impressed, and I really enjoyed myself along the way. And by the end, I understood that the slow start was completely necessary for readers to understand later how completely everybody had been played. [source]