Holistically a good read. All books may have pros and cons, and this one was a favorable balance. The narrator and story grows on you. He does well to assume distinctive tones and accents for various key characters, which livens the story. Very much enjoyed.
I liked the book a lot; interesting premise, mostly moved along at a good speed.
The narrator annoyed me, though. everything seemed read at half speed, in an annoying voice. Using the 'Faster playback' setting in the iPod made it much more enjoyable, and I had no problem following.
This is a great sci-fi book. The feel of it reminded me of "Ender's Game" which I loved and have listened to twice. I was thoroughly engrossed througout the story. Only once or twice did it seem like it meandered a bit, but overall it was a great listen.
Some of the concepts described were absolutely fascinating. I enjoyed the novel, although I wish the author had imagined a more satisfying ending to cap this interesting work of speculative fiction.
The Good: Great story, great narration.
The Bad: The jumping around from past to present is kind of confusing, and the ending leave's ya hanging unless theres going to be another book. But I would listen to again.
This book used the "distant" writing style/technique for the main character ...without making the character MIA (Missing In Action...as so often happens when this style is attempted). I don't know what the technical term is for this style of writing <sheesh>, I just know that I keep running into it <argh>. This, successful useage, adds a mystery to the character that CAN be solved <g>. No empty basin/blank lense here ...a real person is on the other end of the story <lol>.
The main character was very slowly fleshed out, and so were the stories. Everything was very well developed and intertwined nicely. Actually, this story was more character driven/deep than is the norm for this category. This story unfolds at its own pace, in its own time. Unusual & Very enjoyable :)
I deeply enjoyed the imagination and the style of the author. He tells a compelling story with the occasionally light hearted analogy.