Hu, I don't really know what to think of this one. Rick Strong, what a jerk. I really hated that guy from the moment on his wife Cindy was introduced. I'm wondering if that was on purpose, but sure as hell did I shake my head the entire time I was reading this. The title certainly is fitting: Have virtual kids to see if you are ready to be parents. Sounds pretty simple but comes with all the negative things you'd expect: one partner being emotionally over-attached to the bits and bytes, while the other is rather annoyed at them. Cindy wants children, apparently suffers from depression because her husband, Rick, kept going out on missions, and then eventually dragged her along to Atopia, a floating colony platform in the open sea, where he works more than he is at home. He seems like the classic jerk-face guy who married the first chick he laid because marriage was something you'd do but was in no way ready for a relationship, let alone a marriage. Rick keeps flirting with other women, the PSSI that plays a centre-role in this story like it did in Blue Skies even takes sexual roleplays to a whole new level by allowing either partner to put on whatever "skin" they like. So, while he is some sexy guy named Julio, Cindy becomes some news chick with big boobs, which eventually didn't make Cindy happy because you know it's bound to happen that an emotionally unstable person has her self-esteem crushed the moment she's turned into someone who looks hotter than her. Throughout the entire story I kept thinking that those two people should not be married and just go their own ways. It was pretty clear early on that Cindy was not going to have any of that and eventually saw only one way out. Rick though realizes too late that he made a bunch of mistakes. The concept of the story itself is pretty neat, exploring conflicts between two people in an unhappy marriage who think that children are the only way to fix what's long been broken. Alas, the narrative rushes through the story, and even though the whole Atopia scenery served as a setting for the plot, there was too much going on there that kept me wondering if it was actually important to know that or not. All in all I'm a bit disappointed with this one, since I really liked Blue Skies a lot. But I will read the next in the series as well.