I write this primarily to note to others browsing for an excellent read (which this book most certainly is!) that it is NOT, however, a Star Trek novel of any sort. _Shards of Honor_ is Lois McMaster Bujold's first published novel, and the stage-setter for the rest of her extraordinary Vorkosigan series. It's a marvelous book from a master storyteller and will certainly whet the reader's appetite for more, more, more... though not to worry, there *are* (many more, that is!). The complete Vorkosigan saga is, to date, up to the fourteenth volume.
Also, the rather anemic-sounding synopsis doesn't begin to describe it, either accurately or with any real sense of the page-turning treat it truly is. Merely recommending that you "Read this book, it will delight you" isn't quite enough, in my opinion; the better phrase would be: "Meet these people, you will come to love them as among the best of fictional friends you will ever know."
Did you note that this edition is marked unavailable? Well, not to disappoint. Browse for _Cordelia's Honor_, which is an omnibus edition containing both _Shards_ and the novel which immediately follows it in the series timeline, _Barrayar_.
Do, really. Then make room in your bookshelves for all the others. In fact, clear that space as soon as you order--you're going to need it.... ;D