I generally like Dan Simmons as an author, but for some reason found this particular book hard to get in to. Other reviewers have said they did not like the heavy-fisted politics, but I didn’t really have a problem with that. I think it was the characters, none of whom I found particularly interesting. No, that’s not true… they were interesting, they were just sort of… one-dimensional. I couldn’t find anything in any of them, other than maybe the grandfather, that made me care what happened to them. I finished the book, but at this point I’ve read a few other books and couldn’t really tell you much about this one. Having said that, this didn’t put me off the author; not everyone can knock one out of the park every time.