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Overall I enjoyed this book enough that I would recommend it to sci-fi fans who want an interesting but easy read.
So why only 4 stars? Well, being a page turner isn't everything.
In the book, the author explores possible political organizing principles for human societies such as anarchy and totalitarianism. Unfortunately, even though a lot of pages were dedicated to these themes, I don't feel that the author painted plausible pictures of these possibilities. I don't mind suspending disbelief when reading this sort of book, but the magnitude of suspension coupled with the sheer number of pages dedicated to these topics makes it only a 4-star read as far as I'm concerned.
Think.. Space opera from E.E Doc Smith meets gene engineering from S M Stirling or Andrew Swann, with a narrative voice from Simon Green or Heinlein. It works quite well.
* Interesting characters.
* Fast paced, though I found it lagged a little in the middle for me while Athena is at Eden until it picked up for a rollicking end.
* Fun concepts and a quick good read.
* The main plot twist is more than a nod to one of the throw-away concepts from Bujold's Miles series, meaning it jumped out as the likely answer fairly early on. That didn't detract much from the story and it's not unusual for the reader to have more hints than the characters.
* The transition between styles was occasionally a little jarring - the switch at the end to more 'beloved husband' dialogue in particular jumped at me (or at least reminded me of Doc Smith or James Schmitz's dialogue). It's possible some of said dialogue in character voice was mildly ironic and it just didn't land with me that way.
Overall - I liked it and will be buying the second in the series.