This novel is a spacer frontier story reminiscent of Heinlein and others, a western-style adventure with a message. To the mix the author adds dashes of humour in the style of Douglas Adams. The result is a fun read, carrying you along with characters you could really like – or hate, in some cases – if you knew them. I felt invested in these characters; Mr. Dell’Aringa made even the aliens (can we call them that if we’re on their planet?) feel like real people. I want to read more of his work.