I really liked WIRED ROGUE. This latest product of Toby Neal's imagination is an intriguing, fast-moving story, and I honestly had trouble putting it down. Certainly there were a lot of surprises and unexpected developments, and that's always very cool, and, frankly, engrossing.
But I believe the main reason I found this book appealing is because I really like Sophie Ang, the heroine of the WIRED series. She is exotic, brilliant and, when first introduced to us in the LEI series, intimidating as hell. But along the way, Toby has managed to make her human and vulnerable by giving her challenges that most of us will never face. Thank goodness.
Is it heretical to say I "like" her better than Lei? Maybe it's just because I identify more closely with her neuroses.....anxiety, clinical depression....and not Lei's dissociation and history of abuse. Or maybe it's her identity search that's so fascinating. She's a paradoxical mix of sophistication and innocence. And it's interesting to watch her peel the onion of her identity, because she seems to be as surprised as we are to find the aspect of her character that is revealed. And I'm going to stay tuned, because I suspect that she's not finished with that project just yet.
Once again Toby Neal's talent as a writer is melded with her deep, intuitive understanding of the human journey, and we are the beneficiaries of her gifts.