I enjoyed the first book in this series, "Dark Space: The Sentients of Orion Book One" when I read it a couple of years ago, noting that it was 'multi layered, gritty, realistic and being a trilogy you know there is more to come after you put it down, which is excellent news'.
Sadly, it was not excellent news.
This is the second novel but I'll be honest, I only managed to read about a third of it before deciding that re-reading Iain M. Banks "Matter" would be a better use of my time.
The main reason for my disappointment is the abundance of miserable characters who can't seem to keep it together. Mira was as I remembered - self absorbed and pretty much quaking in her boots every hour of the day. OK, I understand the 'why' of this, but it was still irritating that she was showing so little sign of personal improvement. But Thales, in particular, exhibited such childish behaviour that seemed so at odds with his age, wife and position in society that it just made no sense. Certainly, I have no desire to immerse myself in the banal life of a petulant idiot, but to complete the novel that's what I was expected to do. Tekton was little better, but at least he had some backbone, evil though it might be. And Jo-Jo was so feeble that even he recognised that his death would pass unmourned by a single, solitary Human, anywhere in the entire Universe. Sad, but don't drag me into his dire existence.
Unfortunately, their oh so obvious story-lines are clearly being weaved into some sort of 'main event' but it has the hallmarks of padding and everything is described in such a mediocre/melodramatic fashion that I was wishing harm on several characters just so they'd be removed from the plot and the pace could pick up.
It didn't, so I gave up instead.
Basically, Book Two moved too slowly, and delved too deeply into a such shallow pool of characterisation that I found it impossible to care. So I've blown ten-plus dollars on a dud of a book that had potential but failed to deliver.