Title: Forge of Heaven
Author: C.J. Cherryh
The Beginning: Grozny was where Lebeau Street mingled with the Style, where the low haunts of Blunt Street flowed into the Trend and rubbed shoulders with the rich and carefree.
The Friday 56: (from page 56) He was tired of fighting his parents' taste. There were greater problems in the universe, and the parentals he was convinced wouldn't remember next month what gift he'd gotten them this year or last, as long as it didn't scare them or offend them.
Comment: This sequel to Hammerfall is really a great science fiction story. Many of my questions have been answered and I have faith that the rest of the answers are coming.