Most worlds are owned by mega-corporations and there are distinct empires and nationalities. The current Top Dogs are the Amarr, who actually enslave people of other nations using drugs to ensure happy compliance to carry out most of the work, whilst corporate management live in varying degrees of luxury.
Tibus Heth, a downtrodden worker, launches a revolution that galvanises the Caldaran nation to literally rise up and rebel against its own management, and its hated enemy, the Galanteans. I was reminded somewhat of Frank Herbert's Dune series in the huge scale and scope of this novel, the many factions and forms of politics quite awesome; there is even a nasty Baron Harkonnen type.
With such a large cast and, at times, quite complex plots and ramifications, I suspect I did not fully engage with this universe. This is certainly not a bad book, but I just could not quite care what happened to anyone.
The final chapters' reminders of a race only briefly alluded to previously not exactly human , and future potential was quite irritating, rather than stimulating me, and almost calls into question the whole of the preceding novel. The Abyssinian Proof.
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