I'm most of the way through it and this book is tightly edited. The infodumps are still there, but feel shorter than ever. I get the feeling that there's too much plot and not enough book for Mr Weber to fit it into.
Oh, and they haven't given the treecats pulsers yet. YET.
EDIT: Finished. Oh my. And that's all I'm going to say until the hardcover is out and I've read a copy edited version.