I read this book about 20-May-2008. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2006. This note was last modified Tuesday, 27-May-2008 19:15:22 PDT.
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A standalone work. In the far future, with Earth mostly depopulated by the Governors (AIs apparently, that enforce small ecological impact; they took the Earth down to 50 million people) and a number of other planets populated, two lovers (which is illegal for them; homosexuality is back out of fashion in the Coalition) are brought back together for another mission, on a planet where men are thought to be too violent and emotional to be full citizens.
There are wheels within wheels, layers of betrayals by about everybody, quite a lot of character development, lots of action, lots of politica, and a reasonably satisfactory outcome.
I enjoyed this more than the Jenny Casey books; those had things I could describe as all sorts of fun, but this one was more fun to read. Even though the carnival of the title plays little role in the story.