Lee Billings has created a very diverse, rich and human story around man's journey into space exploration.
He ties neatly together themes of the human spirit, the creation of the universe, and the small but agonising part humanity plays within it.
Interviewing a range of diverse experts, he tells the story of key players in the exoplanet hunt, and clearly revels in the stories of the competition between scientific teams, and the growing knowledge base underlying it.
As a layman, I was never thrown off the compelling story of science and humanity moving forward. Occasionally, some passages become very heavily rich in scientific theory, but Billings's style is never stodgy, but rather light and lyrical, even with some of the most profound subject matter.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next.