This was a slow start for me, but once I finally got into it, I couldn't put it down. My biggest complaint, I think, is that the descriptions and explanations are far too academic most of the time. Entire passages read more like a textbook than a contemporary novel. I also hope that books 2 and 3 tie up a lot of the different storylines, because right now, it feels like the point of the book(s) is very undefined. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next in the trilogy.