For intensityxx so she doesn't have to live her life wondering:
In the end it turns out that beings that spend much time around Stuff end up being integrated into it's conciousness. This happens to Corvax, Zephyr (on the planet) and Isol. Meanwhile Tristan(?) is still handing out Stuff to other Forged in the system, refusing to believe that it will happen to him. There are a couple problems with this. Corvax, becoming the spokesman for the conciousness of Stuff mentions that it won't integrate with someone that doesn't want to. But Isol completely and totally doesn't want to and ends up being integrated anyway. I guess this is because she kept using the FTL travel capability. The story mostly ends with Zephyr being integrated. it doesn't deal at all with the continuing poltical implications of a bunch of Forged becoming one with the Stuff and other choosing not to and any other ramifications. Disappointing.
I can see where it naturally leaves itself open to a sequel, and maybe I'll read it, but the ending was so badly handled that I'm not sure.