Soooo. Anyone read it? This one was a mixed bag for me. Initially, I didn't know what the hell was going on. Although the happenings on the planet were confusing (I wasnt sure which of the kids had been kidnapped by whom), I was able to follow, but when we switched gears to the Queng Ho - I was lost. At first, I assumed it was because I wasn't reading carefully enough but, in checking out the forums, I soon realized that many of my fellow readers had suffered the same setback. Overall, I really enjoyed Jefri and Johanna's parallel and eventually dovetailing stories on the planet, the Tine and their collective consciousnesses, and the politics of the Tine homeworld. I also loved the threat of the Blight, the various alien players, and the notions of the various regions of space (ie. the slow zone, the beyond). What I did not enjoy, and it's a major aspect of the novel that figures into the ending as a giant Deus Ex Machina, is the godshatter. I really, really, reeaaaaallly hate this esoteric mumbo jumbo that can, ultimately, be anything and everything, allowing the author to wrap things up nice and tidy by novel's end. The hitherto grounded narrative builds to a climax at which point this unfathomable gobbledeegook conveniently solves the problem, wiping out the enemy and creating a magical happy ending. Lots to like in this book. One thing to really dislike. And, unfortunately, it impacts my overall enjoyment of the novel.