by Madeline Ashby
This book reminded me a lot of The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. It was really, really hard to get into, and the Big Problem wasn't really clear until halfway through the book. Unlike The Windup Girl, the ending of this book didn't really pay off. The antagonist wound up being someone that we met early on in the book and then didn't really see again. I spent most of the last few scenes trying to remember who this person was.
The writing seemed fine. The creative location and futuristic ideas were neat, but I felt the plot was disjointed and didn't really carry me along. If you enjoyed The Windup Girl, you might enjoy this. If not,... I might suggest passing.