This was written in the style of a Norwich Saga: very little flow and weird sentence structures that day things like "one day this happened" and "after a few days Yuli said this". There was very little dialogue and what there was was just info dumping. Speaking of info dumping, the first couple of chapters is basically just one huge info dump. Instead of showing us the author just tells us. We learn nothing of the characters other than what he tells us through info dumping, and even then it's just hugely boring. Too slow; though I quite like the premise of a terribly long Winter. Just executed poorly. A very good example of a sci-fi book from the era left behind that should stay behind.