It succeeds at being intellectual??? Let me quote from page 168: "Any combustion, regardless of its intensity, must ultimately extinguish. Some fires last only for the strike of the flint, while others burn for millions of years before the day of their supernova arrives, leaving only embers and cold debris." Astronomy 101: Stars aren't fueled by combustion; that's ridiculous. They're fueled by thermonuclear fusion. And they leave behind a hell of a lot more than just debris, which as a matter of fact is incredibly hot, not cold. The author should have checked his facts before publishing misinformation. Among other grammar errors, I came across "knifes" twice as well as "had became". Give me a break!
oh, it's called literature. the author never claimed to be the authority on the lives of celestial bodies, just the authority on the people in his novel and what they feel. you shouldn't even bother reading books as brilliant as this one if you're going to meticulously scrutinize it for fallacies such as this one.