Okay since I have read I would like to preface my feed back with this.
I don't normally read scifi or novels on this site. Albite with scifi mostly due to the lack of its prominence on this site period.
I like your main character Illians. he, despite being an every man, peppers his narration with enough wit to keep me invested despite my lack of knowledge or experience with the genre. The other characters I have no comment on mostly due to it being a bit too early for my judgement so I am neutral. World building wise I have to admit, I was over whelmed.
There wasn't an info dump per say but it was a lot to take for this kinda of thing. The slow pace so far may be of benefit to allow people to not be slammed with info too quickly. But I had to admit I was going "Who or what was Gaia?" for a while.
You have a big world and most likely a big plot thus I wish you best of luck with this. The flow was also amazing and everything connected naturally. Not my cup of tea but I know it will be scifi lovers cafe. If I make sense
Yeah. I hope I made sense.
I have my own novel myself you can give feed back for if you like.