You know when you get only two pages into a novel before finding what is either a gross misuse of a common scientific term or a laughable error in logic/math that the rest of the book may not go well, either.
No one would send a colony ship to another galaxy using a slower-than-light drive. In fact, unless the setting contains some kind of starship drive that is practically instantaneous over lesser distances (say, anything under a thousand light-years), they’re not going to send anything to another galaxy. The distance and time involved are just too great. Yes, the story says they’ll be using some kind of cold-sleep/suspended animation. However, if it takes billions of years to get there, as it would with any slower-than-light drive, the machines needed to keep everyone on the ship alive will have stopped working long before they get there. Also, why would anyone send a colony ship so far — pretend for a moment that it is possible — when there must be so many useful planets much closer to home. (Anyone with the technological ability to send a ship to another galaxy would also have the ability to build a habitat in space if they couldn’t/didn’t want to either terraform — and yes, WordPress spell-check, that is a word, so get used to it — or dome over the part of an otherwise uninhabitable planet that they wanted to make use of.)
So, as my clone-sibling pointed out, this is probably yet another case of a writer using the word galaxy when stellar system is what is meant.
I really, really hate it when someone writes a science fiction story and doesn’t even know the relevant science that we were all supposed to learn back in elementary school. It’s not a typo; it’s a stupid mistake.
…And here I’d been so happy to find another indie sci-fi novel without horrible grammar and punctuation errors throughout. *sigh*
(Yes, I know — I’m too damn picky. I want any fiction I read to be correct in terms of spelling and punctuation. I want any science fiction I read to be accurate or at least plausible on the surface in terms of the science in it. Next thing you know, I’ll be complaining about fantasy fiction in which a magical creature that’s half lion and half eagle is called a wyvern because ‘that’s not the right name for it’ or whatever. There’s no pleasing some people…)