i wanted to like this book a lot better than i did, i think.
it was a perfectly cromulent beach read, i suppose, or quite enough for a rainy afternoon. it doesn’t trip over itself anywhere–characterization is pretty good in some characters (usually the women) and not so hot in others (too many of the men). plotting is well done, and the author takes some risks that can be slightly annoying but are brave, and i can respect that. she handles a complicated set of circumstances well, and even gets in quite a bit of new mythology.
but… it lacked depth, for me, thematically and emotionally. which is a pity, because it is full of some interesting ideas and characters.
i have her second book and will give that one a read. this one is, after all, only her first novel. looking forward to seeing what she does with #2.