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The concepts introduced in this book is really unique and interesting. Entire planets and its populations goes into hibernation for decades, then to be awake for a few years and then goes back into hibernation. This is a universe without FTL, so by coordinating the hibernation times between solar systems, they mitigate the time dilation effects by slower than light travel. It is quite an ingenious concept and Schroeder explains it really well. Original and unique new concepts are a rare thing in modern sf, and this is one of the best ideas I have seen in sf for a while.
On the other hand, all this is just background and the actually story in this novel is really not that interesting. Basically the main character just wants to reunite with his familiy, but this is complicated because he has been gone for generation and he has in the meantime become sort of a god figure. I hope Schroeder will return to this universe with a better main story.
I almost passed this book up because of another review.
I have heard poor narrators before that made me want to stop listening to an otherwise enjoyable story, but this is not the case with Lockstep.
Is the narrator one of my favorites, no, but he did a commendable job and I found myself enjoying the performance.
Give it a try if you love sci-fi, it will entertain you.