2.5 really, but I felt that a “3” would be overrating it.
See I read this and wondered, had the authors read ‘The Great North Road’. As both seem to have been published at nearly the same time, I’d say not. And yet, the first half of the book (or more) reads like a poorer copy of that book and that is because Mr Hamilton writes better crime sci-fi.
Neither did I really find the mysteries on the planet compelling — and that’s mostly because even though the authors note a lot of secrets they don’t really come close to even a basic description of what’s going on, and I feel that’s hurting the series as it is.
Lastly, I think that the choice of characters the authors have chosen to represent Sol and everything else is getting pretty bland, having noticed some themes arise. I’ll see whether these still hold true in the next installment (hopefully not) but can’t note really before then. Of the people previously mentioned in the universe, the one actually interesting (and new!) character for most sci-fi readers isn’t covered in anything more than a paragraph (view spoiler)[and the epilogue (hide spoiler)].