I used to really like Tepper but she's kind of been losing me lately. There were parts of this book I liked very much and then there were other parts where the scaffolding was showing. It feels like she's lost interest in actually writing out the whole story. This reads more like some powerful vignettes linked together by characters explaining the rest of the plot to one another.
Of course if she did write out the whole story this book would be about three times as long. I don't know, maybe what she really wants to do these days is to write parables and hasn't quite figured out how to make that work yet. As I say, there are parts of this book that make it well worth the price of admission, its still Tepper, she still imagines with the best of them. I just wish she'd written the whole book instead of just part of it.