Starts off intriguing, then attempts to blow your mind, and finally nukes it. At some points the story arc holding it all together becomes very thin, but (as the book exemplifies) this kind of works in its favour keeping the pacing right. It’s also Chinese. Yes, that is obvious, but like translated Russian, translated Chinese also has a distinct rhythm and cadence to it, that might seem alien. Personally, I like this odd flavour, but combined with a thin arc part this might make certain conversations come across like they’ve been ripped from the pages of a comic.
Regardless, the stage is set! Can’t wait to start the next instalment!