This book was quite different to what I was expecting. It is essentially a collection of stories examining the lives of various characters living on several space stations, after the surface of Earth becomes too dangerous for long-term survival. These stories tend to have quite a lot of emotional resonance.
The early part of the book focuses on the idea of immortality, and what might happen if you attempt to create a serum to extend human life. The later part of the book looks at the formation of a dystopian society.
The various parts of the book, while essentially stand-alone stories all tie together reasonably well. It does feel like a cohesive book.
The main thing that bugged me about The Settlers was the lack of quotation marks around dialog. I’m not sure if this was a formatting error or something intentional, but it made the text unnecessarily difficult to follow.