Well, its hard to call it a cliffhanger ending when they literally went over the cliff! My thoughts on this book:

1) The confederation is so screwed
2) How is it that they couldn't ramp up their industrial capabilities? They have to have had the ability to do it. Starflyer holding them back?
3) What the heck is Ozzie doing??

I'll make another thread for discussing how well this went in general so we can adjust how this goes in the future