I would consider myself a Stephen Baxter fan, but this book is a mess! The plot is all over the place, the premise that our first visit to an extra-solar world would be to dump a bunch of convicts and 'see what happens' is laughable and one major storyline fizzles out into (almost) nothing. I can only surmise that Stephen Baxter had a deadline to meet and delivered a half-finished, poorly-structured novel that really stands apart from the rest of his work (and not in a good way). His next book won't be an automatic purchase for me. I'll wait to read the reviews first...
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