This book is great. The drama of a new contact with an outside race, in a world where scientific knowledge is kept inside "Concents" around the world, makes for a great read. we follow the story of a young "monk" who gets involved in bigger things than he knows. As he learns about the challenges facing his world, the story slowly unfolds. What at first is disconcerting to the reader becomes familiar.
One of my favorite reads in 2010.