The writing is unfocused and jumps between points of view, varying between dizzying information overload and dry, boring lecture-mode. The romance is uneven at best rushed at the beginning and rushed at the end and zilch in-between. Relies too much on tell rather than show and digs in trying to get readers interested in the others with no discernible reason other than trying to encourage people to buy other books in the series. Which met with zero success on my end. Time will tell if I'm masochistic enough to brave the following books, but it won't be because of anything in this one. TL;DR - Great premise wasted on a barely mediocre book with a romance that left me cold, not wanting more.