I purchased this the other day, just looking for something to read while waiting for another book to come out. I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised. I was looking for a good read that isn't part one of an epic that I need to invest years in, and that's exactly what I got - a solid self-contained story. There are a few typos and editing errors, but otherwise the book has a natural easy flow with interesting characters and ideals about what freedom really is and how this may impact a society without our normal laws and regulations.
Distant is told 100% in first person point of view, so what the reader sees, hears, and understands about other people and situations are strictly from the narrator's perspective. This always makes for a more interesting story in my opinion, because all we know about everything is filtered through the main character and what he believes to be right or wrong, true or false, etc.
Although this is a science fiction story, the real plot is more so about how much freedom a society can really have before it self-destructs. And how even the best laid plans can go horribly awry. Overall an entertaining, enjoyable book I would easily recommend.