Its a 1008 page book and I'm on page 121. The scenes and chapters are short which I like because I get distracted easily/need to put the book down sometimes. Its so evocative of our own world in regards to the war on radical islam that I felt like gritting my teeth at points.
The premise is that Earth has had faster-than-light ships for a while now. They found a planet with life (some of which was obviously designed in a lab to inhibit the proliferation of intelligent life) and colonized it, and either 500 or 1000-ish years later, Terra Nova stands on its own legs, although they don't have spacefaring ships yet. The United Earth fleet doesn't hold much love for their colonized planet at this point and sits in orbit above the planet as a watchdog and mostly as a veiled threat. An almost impossible to surmount caste system is now on place on Earth, where billions of people live in abject poverty, treated badly by the couple of million people on top. On Terra Nova, terrorists and those who support them are widespread.
The Federated States of Columbia on Terra Nova are a relatively free nation that, while populated with extremists, seems to have a brighter present and future than the other groups and countries, if they can survive.
A quote in the front of the book says, "They made a desert; and they called it peace."
I'm always up for a dose of online Claymore reading, too. There's some translating mistakes in it and the first couple of chapters are not well-drawn but its one of those things that once you get into it, you stop your life for a couple of hours "just to read the next few pages."