I read this book in a single afternoon, although I had to work at it, since it wasn't really that gripping. Why? Well, to be sure the main character Festina Ramos is sympathetic, and her emotions are believable. But otherwise, the story suffers from workmanlike prose, and a shaky grasp on dialogue, and feeble characterization of everyone except the protagonist. The science-fiction part of the plot is pretty ordinary. Though maybe I just wasn't in the mood when I read it.