If this book had ended with the saving the village, it would be a 5 star book. The author tried to cram a bit too much into the end that should have been saved for a sequel. A lot of interesting ideas and plot thread were introduced, with no where near enough time to explore them all.
I usually don't post a review after only reading a book once. I'm making an exception this time because I don't expect to read the entire book again. I'll be stopping ~ 3/4 of the way through from now on.
Having said that, it's a wonderful found family story with great characters and interesting world. I like the authors take on how an AI/human (really AI vs AI&Human) war might play out. I don't often see characters with mental illness o realistically and compassionately presented -- Jack's experience of anxiety and PTSD and the way he shares that experience with S'baar and Em'brel reflect the reality of survivors helping newly traumatized folks find their feet that i have seen my whole life. It is so rare to find stories with multiple survivors, and not one survivor surrounded by 'healthy' people. Angela is delightful and I really hope to get a chance to see Lon'thul continue growing up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)