Shan wondered whether humans on Earth had yet grasped the full implications of highly militarized vegans.Immortality is explored by giving characters the choice of individual immortality or immortality through children.
As with the best science fiction, Judge raises important questions and suggests novel solutions. As with the worst science fiction too many words are expended on back story, exposition, and philosophical discussions. As an example, one to the biggest actions in this novel is the forced reduction of human population to sustainable levels (i.e. the removal of billions of people). This happens entirely outside of the story and is merely reported.