This one has its good qualities, and if you're not a big fan of "hard" sci-fi, you'll certainly enjoy it. Being a shorter length story did more harm than good for this one, though, in my opinion. I wanted to see more detail, world-building, and a larger plot arc. The little arc included didn't do much beyond whet my appetite for the "rest" of the story, and left me thinking, "and then what happened?"
Still, the characters are interesting; and despite the easy-out cliche of "prince rescued by pauper", it was a quick flirtation and an enjoyable read.