I do not recommend this book. There are plenty of ideas here that ought to make for interesting reading, but instead they just come across as boring. ..Show More »The author does not have the imagination to see things through, and so the book reads like a low budget TV series; the alien worlds look just like Earth, the aliens look just like humans, the future looks just like the present. Except there's no budget to save, no excuse for this relentlessly humdrum future. We're told that civilization stood on the brink of total collapse, yet nothing much seems to have changed. Add to that a mediocre mystery plot and you have a very dull book. Most insulting of all, rather than reaching any resolution or answering the big questions it poses, it just baits the sequel.
The reader is decent, but often sounds like she's reading a children's novel, robbing the book of any seriousness it might have possessed.