You can rely on Stephen Baxter to come up with solid science fiction that does everything you'd expect a bit of classic sci-fi to do.
This is space opera on a vast scale, backed up by Baxter's customary impressive research as he seamlessly weaves planetary exploration, genome reconstruction, climate change, artifi cial intelligence and much more into the compulsively readable narrative. The opening volume of a projected series, it's Baxter at his very best.
It's another triumph for Baxter. A page turner that not only fascinates on an intellectual level, but on a science fiction thriller level too.
Hard SF science smarts... yet is great fun too.