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My blog, Papa Pat Rambles, has some supplementary information related to this work. You can google it.
Although the book was recommended by people I respect, I was put off by the cover. There is a beautiful blond woman, staring dreamily off into the distance; standing behind her is Mr. Tall Darkan Handsome. He gazes on her with just the right amount of love and intrigue in his eyes...
STOP THE MADNESS!!!
But, despite the cover, I got the book.
And it's great! It's not a cow-eyed romance at all, although there IS love and affection exchanged between the two characters portrayed on the cover.
It's an adventure story, with intrigue, and treachery, and adherence to principles, and honor, and all of the good sorts of things that produce a nicely done story. It is, I suppose, going to be forced to bear a YA label, just because there isn't any naughty language or scenes with heaving whatevers. Don't let that YA thing put you off, though. It's a great read. And this recommendation is from a guy who left off reading this book and immediately picked up one of Ringo's earliest Baen books, about the Posleen invasion.
The core story is that on a planet far, far away, a group of idealists have formed their society, and now demand everyone else conform to the terms of their perfect society, or be deported. Eventually, that's not only murderers and thieves, it's anybody who has an innovation in mind.
The penal colony rebels. The parent civilization sends governors who repress, and then a general to rescue the governors. And he takes his daughter along.
That's her on the cover. And that's one of the lead rebels standing behind her.
But it's not a romance! Oh, my, NO! It's an ADVENTURE story!
Get the book!
It compares favorably w/Bujold's Cordelia's Honor (Shards of Honor/Barrayar) w/o, perhaps, the insights (I found) in Bujold's work.
And anybody that can justifiably name drop Dorothy Sayers into a science fiction story is worth reading.