Very enjoyable read
If you like Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey, especially The Final Odyssey, then you will probably also enjoy this book. I definitely did.
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It does, however, address a more adolescent public than the above-mentioned book.
I enjoyed the story and finished it in a few days.
The overall situation on earth and space is well described and the story and the way it evolves is highly plausible.
Although this is science fiction, the story focusses on classical "growing up" themes like moving somewhere else and what this does to a family and what opportunities this opens to all concerned.
It's a great adventure story with political intrigues and a story about friendship and love.