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Now, I enjoy having things explained to me, especially when it contributes to the mental image I can bring forth when looking at a fictional universe. However, in this book entire chapters were devoted to the descriptions of the technology and the related physics involved, as well as the extensive workings of the political sphere and social changes as described by the passive voice. This took me out of the story, made it a struggle not to skip ahead, and screwed with the pacing of the book. It also sacrificed character and plot development which could have helped the flow, and (IMO) more action which would have made it a more fast-paced, enjoyable read.
I also disliked the protagonist and found him an annoying perspective to follow. He, and various minor characters, were not simply naive, but held a sense of idealistic pacifism about them that made me shake my head and think, 'surely you can't be this stupid'... He was also whiny, sheltered, easily distracted, and incredibly trusting; leading to him refusing to believe anything was wrong until everything had gone to hell.
Finally, the book was just plain depressing to read. The same political, religious, and social problems we have today are prevalent some fifty odd years in the future. The essence of humanity, our ability to rise up and conquer anyone and anything that threatens our existence and freedom (something most military scifi novels embrace) simply wasn't there. Humanity almost self-destructs, they're treated with suspicion, experiences defeats and failure at the hands of others, is at multiple times at the complete mercy of others... This coupled with a disappointing and lackluster ending really made me wish I hadn't pushed through the difficulties to finish the book.
The story spans about twenty years in the not-too-distant future and follows the development of humanity's first FTL capable space flight. The main characters are Anita and Jay, colleagues who eventually marry. She heads the tech company and he provides the brains behind the inventions, ably assisted by the only self-aware computer in existence. Humans encounter alien civilizations while still learning to deal with their own differences. There are crises and resolutions, childishness and growth. The story of humanity is as interesting as the science.
The story moves at a decent pace and is mostly plausible sci-fi. The limitations? First, the spelling! Are there no editors? Obviously there was reliance on a spell checker but synonyms like "heal" and "heel" are among the many spelling errors. There are grammatical errors as well. I found the timeline to be a little unrealistic, and I absolutely hate it when authors choose to wrap up the end of a book by telling the end of everyone's life story in two pages or less.
I liked it enough to purchase the next book in the series.
I do highly recommend it though and I'm very curious to read the next in the series. If I had one niggling criticism it would be all the similarities between the alien species to ourselves. It's a little too star trek-ish for my personal tastes but most folks will probably be cool with it. A good solid 4 to 4-1/2 star read.
Some of the speeds of travel and communication seem to be a little reaching but hey, this is science fiction and some science fiction will become science fact during our lifetimes. Anyway, it is more interesting to think about how they achieve these speeds than the numbers themselves.
I'm just reading book 2 now but have already purchased book 3.
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