To begin with there are the goofy misspelled names -- HelthWyzer for a corporation that makes pharmaceutical products, a spa called AnooYoo. These aren't words that make what they're selling sound enticing -- instead they look like something a kid would write by mistake. I was trying to come up with current products that are misspelled the same way, and the only thing I could think of was Froot Loops, which, of course, is a cereal for children. (I'm sure there are others -- I just couldn't think of them. But they're mostly from the same era as Froot Loops -- Rice Krispies is another one -- and sound more old fashioned than futuristic.)
Then there's CorpSeCorp, for the security force used by the corporations. How on earth do you pronounce this? Corp-se-corp? Corpse-corp? Core-se-core? Whichever one you choose, it's awkward, and doesn't trip off the tongue in conversation. (And don't get me started on CorpSemen. Would anyone really join a group where they were called this?)
Just as awkward are the wolvogs, a mixture of wolves and dogs. And then there are the pigoons, which are supposed to be combined pigs and humans, but I couldn't figure out how the word "human" turned into the "oon" sound. Worse, the first half a dozen times I saw this my mind automatically went to "pigeons," * giving me a weird picture of flying pigs.
There's a gang of Asians called Asian Fusion -- because, I guess, nothing says terrifying gang member like a kind of Yuppie cuisine. And it's doubly annoying because of the way non-Asians tend to refer to Asian books and movies with food metaphors -- "a Chinese banquet of a book," "a sweet-and-sour confection…" Though all the gangs seem to be called by some kind of cuisine -- Blackened Redfish, Tex-Mex -- with no reason for it. And are all the Hispanics supposed to come from this one relatively small region?
But I did like the book, honest, more so than the earlier two in the series. I'm going to have to think about it some more before I can say why -- and hope I can learn to ignore all the annoying words.
* So did my spell-checker.