This is a short book that has little point. It’s about a bunch of French colonists who settled on a world that already had two sentient species living on it. The French immediately surrendered on landing – even though the natives didn’t even know how to make weapons. Hundreds of years later Rastignac sets out to teach violence to the people once again. The exciting parts are skipped over and the blatantly obtuse exposition is dwelt on to such extent that my brain imploded for two day after reading this and I didn’t read anything at all.