Athena and Rudolf don't go god-shock, escape the Institute, and find they're 2000 km from anywhere in an area called the badlands, and have to figure out how things work there. They continue investigating their virus and god-shock - what it has to do with the Inner Circle and the messianic madman who set the whole thing off. The research and discussions are a good excuse to present lots and lots of ideas - from thought-provoking to cynical to downright funny - along with plenty of philosophical and sexual sparring between the cyberphile and the Nixist. (My favorite: The Divine Laxative, which could "induce the expulsion of a whole lot of spiritualist shite.") Rochfort takes a lot of pokes at religion - such as pointing out it resembles various mental disorders (e.g., religious doctrine is identical to the symptoms of schizophrenia) - which could be the best or the worst part of it, depending on your point of view. Then there's the utopian society Athena and Rudolf come across whose members have the same virus and use sex and Intranet trips to stave off the boredom. All-in-all God Shock is a good mind-bending trip.