REVIEW SUMMARY: Schroeder delivers an action-packed hard science fiction story that isn’t afraid to go as deep with the characters as it is with ideas.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Hayden Griffen lives in the world of Virga – a balloon of air supported by artificial suns. He is out to avenge the death of his parents and ends up working for his sworn enemy. What follows is a romp through the world-let of Virga complete with pirates, intrigue, and a quasi-steam punk world.
PROS: Characters evolve and grow, the science is interesting but not overwhelming, excellent wold-building ideas
CONS: The only thing I can think of is that it probably isn’t a book for those who don’t enjoy science fiction. It isn’t universally accessible, maybe.
BOTTOM LINE: Excellent hard science fiction that any fan of the genre would enjoy.