Far more fun than deep space drama has any right to be...Just read the book. Then read it again. It's even better the second time.
The kind of book that we wish would come to us more often in science fiction...Above everything, this book is fun.
For my money, Ken MacLeod is the current champion of the very smartest kind of New Space Opera: a relentlessly engaged thinker about nitty-gritty political-economic-social matters who also operates on the Romantic end of the genre by imagining worlds that offer vast (and even godlike) possibilities for humankind...MacLeod returns to his story elements and concerns with a persistence that signals a stubbornly committed intelligence as well as a fertile and mischievous imagination, and every variation on his themes produces something worth re-reading.
If you haven't yet read MacLeod's work, this is an excellent place to start.