I'm really becoming a fan of Barrett's writing style, how she mixes science, history and humanity. This book didn't pull me in quite as quickly as Ship Fever but about halfway through I really started to feel myself involved in the story, especially when Naomi's behavior started turning really intense. At first I thought she was just a spoiled, moody girl but then it started to feel like she was REALLY going to go someplace dark with her emotions and I was thinking "well, this story took a turn" but it was an interesting twist. The connection between this book and Ship Fever is a little hard to see until you look at the family tree chart at the end of this book and then you see all kinds of cool connections. But the two can be read separately without the reader really missing anything.