Influences from Jacqueline Carey and Robert Heinlein are abundantly evident in the setting, and the allusions to the two were charming. The fact that he is put in positions where he can't use his safeword and no other provision is made isn't highlighted very strongly, and most of the dysfunction is only evident in contrast to his second relationship. I would have really liked more focus on aftercare, but it was nice to see a BDSM relationship that was not based on pre-existing psychological trauma in one of the participants.
It's strange to me that I haven't yet written a review: I've been trying to get people to read this book for months. Believable, relatable characters, a protagonist who's a lesbian of color with a disability, thematic elements of transhumanism and what it means to be constantly connected, sharp politics, and things going boom. It's difficult to categorize, because the structure is of a police procedural and murder mystery, but the politics of the situation are inescapable and the science fiction elements are integral without ever stealing the spotlight from the characters.
As a long-time reader of the comic, I was already in love with the world, but this expands it exponentially and stands quite happily on its own.
This book, aside from the frequent explosions, demonstration of research, and excellent representation, reminded me of what I love about making things. It's a sharp examination of the ways we're unprepared as a country for some of the new and scary technological realities we're faced with, but also of the ways people can be kind, and creative, and actually try to do good and make things better.