True, it wasn't masterful prose, but I don't expect it to be so to call it good. It was satisfactory, but I found it rough at certain moments (and some of the dialogue I did find awkward). What I really meant to highlight was that it was odd how despite its roughness there were brief moments when it managed to be compelling. Also, I honestly didn't find the approach that modern - the whole introduction of technologies with BrainPal and others felt very old-fashioned, as did the military set-up and the aliens. Still, it was a quick read and I ended up enjoying it more during the last third. So, what's everyone reading? I'm on Simon Ings' "Wolves" (the first few chapters have been bleak). Still have Stephenson's "Seveneves" waiting for me.