Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds has been on my to-read list for years. I've liked some of Reynolds's stuff, like last year's Hugo finalist Slow Bullets (although I honestly didn't love his much beloved Revelation Space). What struck me about Blue Remembered Earth was was that it's SF set in about 150 years in a world where African countries are basically running things with a little help from India and China - I'm intrigued! I'm glad I finally got to it, although it's not quite what I expected.
Reynolds starts slow and takes a long time to get going, but somehow this slowness didn't make me feel bogged down. It took me awhile to get through this, but that's because I had to put it down for awhile to get through a couple library books and my Hugo packet. This novel definitely could have been shorter, but I didn't mind the leisurely ride.
The plot begins with Geoffrey Akinya, a biologist in Tanzania who just wants to be left alone to study his beloved elephants. But Geoffrey happens to be a member of a rich and powerful family. When the matriarch of the family dies (Eunice, Geoffrey's grandmother), his cousins send him to the moon to pick up his grandmother's safety deposit box. Also, while he's there, he visits his sister, Sunday, who is an artist on the moon. This trip leads Geoffrey and Sunday on a bit of wild goose chase across the solar system that I don't want to spoil.