A very funny 'space opera' which really draws you in, and amazingly I found myself really caring about what happens to the characters, which is a real triumph for a book of this genre.
I loved the psychopathic AI system which runs the ship, but despises and wants to kill all humans, but is restrained by a set of 'shackles' which force him to obey a set of rules (a nod to Asimov's rules for robots). This doesn't stop him from trying to get round them, often with hilarious results. The previous captain (Pol), who despite the fact that he has failed at just about everything, is still convinced that he is perfect and again this results in some classic comedy moments.
The authors obviously had great fun when developing the aliens, and really let their imaginations run riot., I also liked the idea that the entire Universe is ruled by a burger chain.
There are nods to various other famous Sci-Fi authors (Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Harry Harrison etc.) but this is done in such a way that it doesn't feel derivative.
An exciting and absorbing read, which certainly kept me reading right up to the end.
I received a free copy of this book as part of the Higgins/Cantan reviewers group in return for this honest review.