I would actually give this 5 1/2 stars. When you think of epic adventure, this is one of two books which come to mind. The worlds that Hamilton has created are varied and so alive you could imagine that they exist somewhere out there. His characters have a life and depth so strong you will either cheer for them or wish for their swift demise. I have enjoyed a flight through the universe, alien encounters which fascinate the mind, and technology that I can only hope to exist one day.
The fight for the right of the human race to continue is something which a lot of people think about. If aliens were out there wold they be friendly or bent on or destruction? Are we really going to take our petty, money hungry, power trips into the future with us? It’s all here and immortality or something very close to it is thrown in.
This is not a fast read but it is a thrilling one.