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Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2022
First, I have to say that Dave Freer is a GOOD writer. One of the best out there. If you haven't read any of his other stuff, go find some of it. Seriously. His stories are going to be classics, read by people for the next couple hundred years, at least. Cloud-Castles is one of his best stories. Maybe his best. I loved it, and I want more! It's adventure, science fiction, with a dash of romance thrown in. There's family -- good family. There are crooks. There are some really bad aliens. There is some really interesting -- and scientifically valid -- world-building. There's useful alien technology. And there is a great story, with character development and action and suspense and failure and success (oh, yeah, and a little romance, but very little mushy stuff). There are good values which win out in the end. The biggest recommendation is that at the end of the story, I looked up and plaintively said, "Is that the end? There isn't any more?"
Also, this book (and a lot of Dave's others) are in the YA category. But I am an older adult and enjoyed them very much.