In the vein of Jack McDevitt, this novel is extremely character driven in nature. There is a lot of political intrigue and a deep space mystery involved, but many of the chapters involve characters building, learning, healing in relationships with others. At almost 600 pages, you learn about these people (human or otherwise) in depth.
There were a few points I remained fuzzy on as I have not read the first two books, but it's strong enough on it's own that reading them is not required to dive into this novel.
Be prepared to settle down and stay awhile, it is a hearty sized book, which is rare these days. This is the final book in the series. I intend to now go backwards and read the first one.
A good example of a human/space sci-fi story.
Print Length: 598 pages
Publisher: Ace (February 2, 2016)
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
The cryptic message originated seventy light-years away from the planet Crucible, where Ndege Akinya lives under permanent house arrest for her role in the catastrophe that killed 417,000 people. Could it be from her mother, Chiku, who vanished during a space expedition decades earlier?
Ndege’s daughter Goma, a biologist, joins the crew of the Travertine dispatched to Gliese 163 to uncover the source behind the enigmatic message.
Goma’s odyssey will take her not only into the farthest reaches of space, but centuries
into her family’s past where the answers to the universe’s greatest mysteries await...