“A great short story wrapped up in a 385 page book. But still, I read it through to the (somewhat predictable) end. I had trouble classifying this book. It is set in 2019, very very near future, and extrapolates from current events to a somewhat bleak future. Bleak in that the economy still is in the doldrums with all the attendant sorrows.
IMHO, this book is more a political statement than a novel. Yes, I too fear that NASA will be victim of the budget cutting zeal. This book is, if anything, a paean to NASA.
Oddly for a novel that purports to be science fiction, there is very little science in it. It is mostly about politics, and a 50 year old conspiracy.
At those moments where the authors could have elaborated on the "how" of the mission (no spoilers), they instead glossed over facts and skipped ahead to the next 'scene' of talking heads.
That said, I read it through to the end, hoping that I'd be surprised and amazed at the outcome, only to be disappointed when typical judeo-christian memes were trotted out. ”