It starts of well, if a little bland. And, oddly it skips the discovery of the asteroid and it's mysterious interior and begins with the secrets alrea..Show More »dy discovered. This is an odd choice and rather disappointing as it removes much of that sense of exploitation.
By the middle it gets rather good but there are many rather forgettable characters so it's hard to keep up. Also there is much "hard sci-fi" but really it's just physics terms used in a gobeldigook kind of way so it's rather confusing. It's not hard to keep up, just that a lot of it is superfluous to the readers needs so you find your self almost stuck in literary mud, making needlessly slow progress.
At this point it's still mostly good and enjoyable. But then it goes full star wars prequels and hits you with alien politics. You don't care about what is happening or who it's happening too so you don't end up caring what is happening, which can be hard to discern due to the laborious descriptions that really don't help you understand anyway.
All up there are some god ideas but it really is hard work and not satisfying. There are many, many better books worth your time.
Fwiw I read a lot. I loved Ubik, catch 22, the forever war and I'm a rather fast reader and I enjoy physics.