Solid but unsurprising universe...
The first part of the commonwealth saga paints a very plausible view of the human society in the not-so-distant future. Humans live practically forever - if the wallet allows - and humans are more or less under one government. Nothing really extraordinary here. Contrary to mainstay stories the space flight does not have so big role in this book. A refreshing exception, although towards the end of the book it started to become more prominent. The bad alien in this book is described chillingly good. The motivations behind the alien actions are told and the pure inhumanity tingles my spine...
Storytelling like in the Game of Thrones
There is no single main character in the book. Much like in the certain very popular fantasy and middle-age related book series. And I like it. It lets the tension build up or lets you breathe when the main flow of the book demands it and splits the book into a manageable chunks.
A very entertaining but not so overly exceptional book.
Forget it! - Take it as a gift - Buy it from a discount - Buy a hard cover - For the prime spot on the shelf