I didn't realize this was the first in a series when I started it, but I'm pleased that it is. The book establishes interesting characters who are fun to read as they're scheming, all set against the probable downfall of civilization. That plot line doesn't pay off yet, though. The events in this book set up possibilities related to it—it might destroy everyone, it might result in just a seismic shift in power, and it might destroy everyone except the people who maneuver themselves into the right seat of power, both politically and in physical space. I'm intrigued to read more.