I am searching for a book that I read nearly ten years ago. It was the story of a bunch of space pirates that "float" through space in big generation ships. There was no FTL travel, only very fast "conventional" ships. The people on those ships are basically immortal, because they can somehow rejuvenate their bodies. Another distinctive part of the story was robots that were used to colonize planets. They were controlled from earth via "quantum entanglement" to allow for real time communication with planets that are thousands of lightyears away.
The main story develops around the pirates that capture a princess who is traveling alone in her ship and then start a war against earth. (I don't know why exactly.)
I am fairly sure that the name of the book was "the zone" or something but I can't find it anywhere on the web.
I would really like to read it again. Also I think that it was the first part of a series of three books.
Thanks for your help!!