I generally like Hamilton’s books, and this is a precursor to the Commonwealth novels of Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained, the first to feature rejuvenation, something that is used heavily in those books.
It’s been suggested this was a way to feel out and test the water of some of the technologies that would be used in those later novels, and I can see that in the book. It’s not a great story, especially for those used to Hamilton’s other books. Hamilton himself has been quoted as saying “I could see why it didn’t appeal to a lot of people. It was an unpleasant story about unpleasant people. With hindsight, it was never going to be as popular as my other works.”
Definitely one worth skipping in my opinion.