It was a good start to an adverture. I found that it was very difficult to get started, but once you made it through Part One the story picked up and became entertaining. The characters were full of depth and it took most of Part One to get to know them. You will only get a "to be continued" as this is the first book of a triolgy
Other than the slow beginning, it's important to understand that this story is full of ethical questions...if you have the knowledge to create a new world, should you?, who should populate it?, etc. It also has a very strong environmental aspect to it. It appears that the author was making some reference to his own political beliefs through out the book. It would make for an interesting discussion in an ethics or politcal science class.