This lengthy but totally worth it sci-fi novel is my all time fave! For the first couple hundred pages the reader will make the long and arduous journey of learning the book specific history and even vocabulary (a glossary is provided in the back of the book). Once you have put in the work of learning this alien environment and the author has you right where he wants you, you are then smacked in the face with a mind bending sci-fi space thriller that is both highly intelligent and incredibly imaginative. Totally worth the journey. Highly recommended!
Having lived in a monastery since childhood away from the violent upheavals of the outside world, Raz becomes one of a group of formerly cloistered scholars who are appointed by a fear-driven higher power to avert an impending catastrophe. By the author of Cryptonomicon. 250,000 first printing.