It took a little while before I started to enjoy this book, but once I had my bearings I really enjoyed it. The story groups characters into four stra..Show More »nds as we follow their lives and their relationship with The Beam. The overall story and the sub plots within are believable and well written, full of detail and inter connectivity. The narrators are all good. My only slight gripe is with the ending. I was left with the unsatisfactory situation where all of the characters stories just stop in mid stream. For this reason the book doesn't end well as a self contained novel. If I want to find out what has happened to the characters that I have invested 19 hours listening to, then I must buy part two. I intended to get it anyway as I enjoyed this volume so much, but it is a minus point.