By Michael K. Rose
This is another book, another storyline, by the same author that brought us the Sullivan’s War series. Earth sends out generation ships to give the population hope on a world that is dying from over population and dwindling resources. Out of I think ten ships which will all take almost a hundred years or more to reach their destinations only the Chrysopteron completes their journey.
The ship’s complement is split by a religion that forms enroute and by the time the colonists’ land factions have formed. Tragic events ensue and three generations of Elysians pass down a veil of ignorance to their descendents.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, pressures are such that a new and improved ship is dispatched with four men. They put their lives on hold for thirty years round trip to help determine if Elysium can take on more colonists. I will leave the remainder for your reading pleasure.
This is an excellent story. There are some editing misses here and there but nothing that the Big 5 haven’t role modeled for us. The author did a masterful job of juggling several character based storylines to tell a compelling picture of what will happen when Earth final sheds splinter groups to the stars. I am giving this work four out of five satisfaction units.