Well, there is the usual GRRM blood and guts - I think this was supposed to be a horror novellet but I wasn't particularly horrified. There was an old idea with an interesting twist, of sorts. Mediocre writing - the same descriptors and odd, made-up words used throughout. The charaters were forgettable and flat. I simply didn't give a damn what happened to them. The dialogue was also rather flat. We have a team leader that is insipid and apparently can't lead, and a know-it-all team that don't seem too interested in their project, that stupidly repeats the same mistake repetitively, and is surprised when they get the same bad results. Lets just say I was hoping for some random space monsters to gobble up the space-ship people just to make things a bit interesting and raise the intelligence quotient on the ship.