Meh. Typical Star Wars novel, but far more convoluted. Denning creates a whole new species in the Unknown Regions, about the only place you can do that in the Star Wars Universe these days, that is a hive mind and in conflict with the Chiss Empire. The problem is that the Killik hive mind has been attracting young Jedi to join their cause, causing them to lose their identity in the process. Denning models the species behavior on modern psychological understandings of the conscious and unconscious mind. But the whole explanation is never really clear and the relationship between the nests and which nests actually control the Will of the species is really confusing. Waiting for an improvement in the second book.