I hate to say it but this book felt like a stop gap holder for the series. Nothing much was accomplished by the end of the book and the next book looks to be where all the action happens. While I love this series and the characters, there was no character building or improvement, status quo prevailed.
I would not read this book unless you are caught up on the entire series. These are my potato chip books for science fiction. The plots are fairly uniform and the characters absorbing enough to get you to read the book overnight (at least for the rest of the series).
I already have the next book so I can only hope it gets better. If not this may be a series I stop reading soon.
Cannot recommend Mutineer (#1) higher however. This and the first 4 books are my favorites.