Needs strong imagination to understand the story of this book. Star ships, extraordinary human races, life from other planets, technology far more advanced than todays. Having watched films about space science fiction, alien creatures, or intergalactic adventures like Star Trek may help visualize the story. Of course, comparing to A Song of Ice and Fire, Nightflyers would be seen as an ordinary story. Even so, the story is quite exciting for people who like this kind of novel genre.