Disclaimer - I know the Author in meatspace, and my substrate has drunk beers with his substrate. I bought this book with my own money, and have not received any compensation for reviewing this book. (but i would take it. Please god someone pay me to review books)
Right first off, if you're homo/trans/queerphobic this is not the book for you. Its by no means a LGBQTIA+ manifesto, but the author has included the queer community in this book, and done it with some care and dignity.
If you do like fast paced action, Plenty of story arcs, and far future technology and post human themes. This book is for you. I do wonder how Americans will handle the Australianisms in the book. It was quite heavy with slang from our neck of the woods, but i suppose turnabout is fair-play given the preponderance of American authors in not just Sci-Fi but Mil SciFi/ Space Opera.
Without spoilers, the book itself follows a number of characters through the events surrounding a invasion of the "Human Volume" by an exiled branch of humanity focused on the "Purity" of the human race and a hatred of any sort of genemodding / technological uplift. Its not hard to draw the parallels between modern day white nationalists and the authors bad guys. Still JB does a good job of not making them too much of a mustachio twirling 'nyahh' bad guys and while we are never really lead to agree with their point of view we are allowed to see that they do passionately believe what they are doing is right, and are acting from what they believe is a moral imperative. Which makes them feel both, more real and a great deal more sinister.
All in all, this is a book well worth your time.
Value - This is a good ole tome. At 416 pages it doesn’t quite get to Weber sized door stop, but neither did Weber's first forays into the genre. i suspect that my consumption of it in one night has more to do with me than the length of the book.
Re-Readability - I will get the Audiobook just as soon as my dirty little hands can do so.
Would I recommend It - I would indeed, I suspect ill be gifting a few copies of this book to friends over Christmas, i honestly think its that good.