The novel does have a point of view (no surprise there). The protagonist even hears persuasive design arguments from a brilliant physics professor and later converts to Christianity. But I never got the feeling the story was just an excuse for Heddle to smuggle in apologetics. The main character is well realized and several supporting characters are well etched. There are moments in the novel of deep pathos, but many more of lively comedy, some of them laugh-out-loud funny (The Hiroshi character alone should get his own sitcom).