As other commenters have mentioned the book is politically loaded. But the story and its construction, narrated from the viewpoint of three men, grandfather, father and boy is quite good and gave rise to an interesting chapter numbering. The back and forth in the story are also an interesting story telling device. It also seem to connect into a broader vision of the future of the author. I almost want to get Illium and Olympos out to check on the two universes and see if some people are named in both.