After reading the two other books in this series 'Eon' and 'Eternity' I was very dissapointed that this book wondered off into a gardening documentory. No sharp Sci-fi here just a large biological rambling about a colonised planet which Olmy is sent to investigate. I only read it all because I thought that at some point it would change pace. Yawn..only read if you are a huge Greg Bear fan or if you are into the biology of supposedly sentinent plant life! No excitement, no technology, no awe ispiring story line.