I enjoyed the book and felt that it was written in a 'Robert Heinlein' style - the characters, reasonably easy going storyline and the setting (The Moon is a Harsh Mistress/Podkayne of Mars/Have Spacesuit Will Travel). Well worth the read and interesting (even if the idea of an element far heavier than current known elements (114) is a little hard to believe). For Kindle readers - few if any typos and will allow Text to Voice.
I wondered at the start if this book was targeted at younger readers. I don't think so now, but some aspects did make me feel that way initially. Nothing in the book would preclude younger readers but they will not be it's only audience. The blending of traditional beliefs and modern thinking has been done before, and it can take many paths. This first book sets the scene and shows some of the costs when pushing against new frontiers, but it does not reveal the longer term consequences of interstellar travel. I'll be reading the second book to find out whether the prophecies are fulfilled or perhaps reinterpreted.
I downloaded this as it was either free of very low price and I have run out of books on the "Rivers of London" series. On some of the review sites the pseuds have had a go a go at the science in the book, but I look more at the second word - fiction.
The basic story is well thought out and any possible plot holes and pages of waffle are filled with news report style mini-paragraphs. All in all a good read and I downloaded for minimal cost the other two books in the trilogy.
Some interesting ideas obviously intended to lead the reader into buying the next book, but a bit too much jumping about the various plotlines for my taste. Instead of keeping me involved it tended to turn me off. And, as Mrs L. K. said, there are inconsistencies that take your mind off the story: if the crew wiped all the Orcus 1 programs before the “pirates” attacked, how did they then manage to control it?