Summary: Fast read (for me); dashed thru it in 3 hours.
More: Not a bad read; not over-the-top great, though. Essential conclusions on my part:
- Fairly simple premise, and what happens in the end is almost predictable from the moment every plot twist is introduced.
- Approachable writing. Very easy to read.
- Despite essential predictability, there are a pleasant set of events that surprise, and keep you engaged.
- A nice exploration of what the rules of the game ought to be were we ever to encounter other suspect-sentient species - either here on earth (or in the fanciful future, off the earth).
Recommended if: You're looking for something easy to read after a difficult, hard read, this is a nice picnic.
Not recommended if: You're looking for deep exploration of difficult, hard scifi concepts, this isn't your book.