What a wonderful novel. The story is fresh, the narration excellent. Importantly to me, the characters are believable and sympathetic. I read a pod-review which chastised the book, particularly for having no clear antagonist, especially early on. This is not the case, as the main character is her own antagonist. Another reviewer noted that they were leery of the book as it seemed too religious, but liked it anyway , in the end. This observation bothers me, because is presupposes religion and sci fi are incompatible, which is too narrowing in my estimation. An excellent work of sci fi is an excellent work, and this book certainly qualifies on that count.