Despite some glaring errors, most notably with the author's time calculations, the book is quite enjoyable to read. He paints vivid characters and settings and offers a unique look at the possible future of space colonization.
The author could never seem to quite decide what he wanted this novel to be a treatment on politics? a novel of interstellar travel? a novel of first contact? or Huckleberry Finn? There are several excellent premises in this book, but they get marred by constantly changing points of very and a patchwork format. I also found some of the author use of tense to be disconcerting. I really wanted to like this novel more than I did, but the clunky writing got in the way of the authors amazing imagination.
Well-written novel of planetary colonization. A group of political dissidents hijacks a planetary colonization starship originally commissioned by their repressive government and heads out across deep space toward a planet that will theoretically support life. Good characterizations, interesting plot, and a twist at the end that is not what the reader thought it would be.