It's not quite midnight here on the Left Coast of the US, but we might as well get the party started. We seem to do a lot of first books by new authors here, for better or for worse. This one seemed to be for the better for me. I liked it so much, that I went out and bought the second in the trilogy as soon as I finished City of Pearl. I thought there was a good plot line and some believable characters. What I didn't like was the sort of heavy handed ideology. While I tended to agree with the ideology, it seemed a bit too much even for my tastes. However, it did seem to advance the story, at least in terms of understanding the aliens. At any rate, I will try and post more when I have some more time to reflect on the story. What did you think?