I'm writing this review at the end of the fifth book. I will try to be vague, but there are some things I feel compelled to mention before I finish the series. The collectivist idea of the perfectibility of the human race through human actions, through social engineering..... an idea (Socialism) that George Orwell said was "....so stupid, that only an intellectual could believe it" ... or as Spock says, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one." I have never seen a more thorough exploration of this idea in the form of a novel. Well explored also is the idea of creating one's own God. So, we come to; Who decides what the Greater Good is? Who decides what Perfection is? In our world, it is one intellectual idealog or another. One or another megalomaniac decides that their own vision outshines everone else's. One or another megalomaniac decides that he is God.... History shows where this always leads, but people still try. Well, time to find out which side of the idea log you stand on.