Second part of two - the first being [Pandora's Star].
A hefty and enjoyable read - for me you could have stripped a good 100 pages or so out of it as the pace just didn't quite hold up all the way through. The last half of the book is effectively an interstellar Starsky and Hutch car chase which could have been done quicker for me.
A huge stage set in the first part and fully utilised here in almost galaxy scale space opera. At some points it makes me think of EE Doc Smith with hippies. Fast action, intrigue and the future of the human race at stake keep you interested through most of the nearly 1,000 pages.
A romp through the key themes of science fiction of the last few decades; human evolution/immortality/ hyper-space/ aliens/ elves/ conflict.
Overall good fun.
Three out of five stars.