Three very different people adrift together at the edge of the solar system, with no hope of retrieval, facing a long and pointless fall into the oort cloud and certain death. But something's about to happen that puts their own epic tragedy into a much larger perspective ... An ambitious premise, developed with energy and imagination, and (hallmark of any decent sci-fi) a clear delight for exploring some of the basic human questions in a well drawn and unfamiliar setting - some fascinating characterisation, good pace and a confident narrative style with just a couple of tiny bumps. I consumed it between reading Altered Carbon and now Hyperion, and in that company it gave a good reckoning. So: a very neat package for a first outing. Buy it before it gets a sensible price tag.