I love to read and can get very attached to my opinions, but recently I've been learning not to completely lose my head when people disagree with me, so feel safe to argue with me whenever you wish ;)
I don't know what it is about this book. It actually seemed to get exponentially better with every sentence, all the way to the end.
At first, I was just struck by the tightness of the prose. Descriptive, witty, shifting perspectives without being overly coy. The occasional bits of humor are completely and totally deadpan. I expected the 3rd person POV to be a drastic change from the first book, but given that Gen was such a secretive narrator there, it hardly felt too different at all.
Once I reached the end, I couldn't help flipping back to fixate again on the many elegant turning points of characterization, conflicts between people who are equals in every sense of the word. Character tropes are all but nonexistent. We have two major sympathetic women in power. We have two sympathetic women in power with a sense of humor. Like, gee. When do we ever see that? More please!