I was given this book by a friend during summer break from college. I was desperate for something to read, and even though I didn't think I liked science fiction, I decided to read it. Thus began a life long love of science fiction and more notably, Anne McCaffrey, possibly the greatest (and most prolific) writer on the planet. The universe she creates in Crystal Singer is like those in all her books... not a perfect place to live, but certainly a bright light for the future of mankind. And also like most Anne books, the main character is a strong, vibrant, woman who has overcome adversities and made a wonderful life for herself. And although the book is not overly scientific, she always has enough interesting scientific concepts to make it a fun read. If you've never read an Anne McCaffrey book, buy one and enter the world of Anne. You won't be sorry.