Which Art in Hope
When the Federation fled Earth they had only the slimmest chance of finding a habitable world. 544 years later they found one; they named it Hope. However, Hope isn’t what it seemed. Earth plants wither; livestock fail to breed. For 40 precarious years they subsist until a secret Cabal learns how to elevate powerful psi talents to the management of Hope's crust. But after 1,200 years of abundance the pool of psi adepts has dwindled to two. One is utterly unwilling and the other is murderously insane. The survival of Mankind hangs in the balance.
This is a great sci-fi novel with a strong dose of science, an engaging plot, and excellent prose. The plot revolves around two young psychics who are needed to run the planet's agricultural system. The underlying reason for why the planet is inimical to agriculture elevates the plot to a fascinating level. Most of the minor characters are developed with sufficient detail and back-stories to portray light- and dark-gray characters, although the dark side of some characters was pushed a little too far for my liking. The ending was in character but was not the ending I wanted. I don’t mean that in a negative sense; it is a good, heart-stirring ending, to an excellent sci-fi novel. I recommend this book.