Man, I was hoping for something really cool.
But I think BKV and Co. kind of lost their shit here. And by "kind of," I mean "really fucking outrageously."
Maybe I was too hasty in pre-ordering it and they sent me the wrong book by mistake. This is the conclusion to some other Ex Machina, made by people who don't give nearly as much of a crap.
Remember in District 9, when Wikus goes from a bumbling incompetent to a Rambo-esque supersoldier in as much time as it takes him to pick up a gun? I'm not saying Ex Machina is Wikus, but the jarring shift in literally everybody's character, plus the enormous leap in story logic, is just as ludicrous.
Come on, guys. Do some kind of meta-fuckery that reveals that the real ending hasn't happened yet and that this all happened on Earth B or something like that. You know you want to.