The beginning of this novel, a genetic accident creating long life, is no worse that other inventions (frozen sleep, etc.), to build the foundation for mankind's first visit to the stars. It does offer some interesting plot support. Once you get through that, and the lack of science content, you have a great book of first contact with mankind the underdogs! Reminds me of some of the great SF of the 60's & 70's, which I have sorely missed.
A good SciFi plot, developed to short story detail, then expanded with mild adventure to fill a novel's pages.
I was expecting more remembering "Blasphemy."
Now that the background of Oren Hobbs has been told in this story, I hope possible sequels approach the quality of the Mallory novels.
While not as slapstick as the movie where tales were cherry-picked from frat lore and had rating concerns, Pinto's "real" sophomore year is funny, bizarre, and a good male escape listen.
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