The synopsis for Lockstep sounded really interesting, but unfortunately it turned out to be rather dull. It took me far longer to read this than I thought it would and I really pushed myself not to DNF it a couple of times. What I did like about the book was the concept of the Lockstep worlds where people who had colonized different planets slept for 30 years at a time in a frozen state, and were awake for only a month at a time. This allowed them to live for thousands of years and to travel to far off places. That's the main reason I gave this 2 stars instead of 1.
This being a space opera I was expecting adventure and excitement, but instead there was mostly a lot of talking, sleeping, waking up, philosophizing (a lot of which annoyed me), and hiding. There was also a lot of telling instead of showing. The characters could have been a lot more fleshed out. Mostly they felt pretty cardboard. The little romance in the story left me feeling nothing. There was no real spark between the characters, it was like they decided they cared for each other, but none of the feelings were written on the page, we were just told they did. Also lets find a new reason for people to have left Earth to explore new worlds other than some giant corporations took over the world and global warming damaged or destroyed it.