The reader of the story had trouble simulating voices, and typically came out with a shrill one to represent any given alien or child. I would have preferred a straight read.
Story and writing are good, solid, space opera, with a nice twist to deal with Einsteinian limitations on FTL.
It's a good story, but very long, for me it was way to long periods where very little happened. The last 5 chapters on the other hand was thrilling and very good. The narration was good, but not stellar.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
I spent the 2 credits for this book based solely on the fact that one reviewer stated it was like the book, "Hyperion". Thanks a lot!! This book is NOTHING like ANY of the Hyperion books. The Hyperion universe is based in science, and is actually somewhat plausible. Vinge's universe is FOR CHILDREN. Albeit, smart children, but it's for children nonetheless. If you like silly animal characters (talking dogs and bad butterflies), silly voices from the reader, and silly plot lines, then THIS IS YOUR BOOK. If you are an adult, and like hard-edged ADULT sci-fi, then steer clear of this one. I am not pleased at all that one reviewer lied and cost me 2 credits. Hopefully, I'll be able to save at least one of you from the same fate!!
Having said all that, if you are young, like 10-14, and like Sci-Fi, you'll probably enjoy this book.
The story was an ok read as I found the concepts interesting.
Be warned: The story wraps up all to neatly at the end and is dissapointing.