This is an excellent book, with a well thought out storyline and an intriguing premise. It is Holdstock's first novel, and is a fairly short almost pure science-fiction story, quite different from his later mythological/fantasy novels. It's strange to see how Final Fantasy (the movie) is similar to this story, although Holdstock seems to be more jaded with typical human behaviour than the Final Fantasy authors (I don't blame him either). Although this is set on another planet, some of the ecological ideas should be applied back on Earth in my opinion. The only thing I would have preferred was a clearer description of the Fear, and have noticed a couple of people around the web referring to it since finishing the book. Highly recommended!