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3.0 out of 5 stars
Not a Worthy Sequel to the original, but better that 'The Gripping Hand/ Moat Around (UK)', 28 Feb. 2011
My title says it all. Mostly new characters on both sides and to say anything else would spoil it for anyone who wants to read it. The Outies are probably the least interesting of the factions in the 'Mote Universe'. Web reviews have noted that it is more a blend of social/hard science fiction than hard science fiction, and I would tend to agree, so if you do purchase be prepare for a different type of book than the original.