After I read 'Eon', almost 25 years ago, I immediately became a hooked on the science fiction of Greg Bear and read them all!. 'Anvil of Stars' was al..Show More »ways my favorite and I was so pleased to see so many of his older books suddenly available in Audible. I downloaded this one immediately! Do you need to read 'The Forge of God' first? Well... yes... probably best... if only for continuity, but this really is a stand alone story. With echoes of 'Lord of the Flies' and 'Enders Game' it mixes the super science and colossal scope from the likes of Alistair Reynolds and Peter Hamilton with the social and moral plight of a group of children (reminding me of Orson Scott Card) as they journey to avenge the desctuction of the Earth. Loved it!