A rather good read, the diversity of narrative arcs is impressive and refreshing. The cliches which have plagued the genre since its arrival in Hollywood are not found in full. There is no immediately obvious enemy, the greatest threat remains nebulous even on the last page, and the secondary danger explodes into the story late in the novel. As for consistency with the laws of physics, aside from the single suspension of disbelief of ‘the stepper device’ it is flawless. Honestly, the novel reaches beyond the genre into the realm of literature, as a metaphor for the search for identity can be carried across every page.
To relate this to the contemporary ‘centre of the world’, Mr. Trump may reduce ties with the international business community, primarily by reneging on the preliminaries of the TIPP and other major trade deals. This will allow time for mundane individuals and organisations to scrutinise, to plan and to propose meaningful alternatives & developments. It seems unlikely that Mr. Trump will pursue significant actions against the major accounting firms which are the major players in the Panama Paper crimes.
What may also occur is world leaders, specifically Mr. Putin, outwitting Mr. Trump. I anticipate that within his presidency of the United States of America, a serious symbolic diplomatic accord with Russia is reached, but one which materially benefits Russia more than the USA. This is due to the greater cooperation between big business and government in Russia,see: Gazprom, although this is not entirely restricted to Russia as shown above or shown here. This accord could be the renegotiation of trade law or infrastructure across the Bering Straits.