I was gripped by this book. I could not put it down. Leaving aside Cytriah's forays into TSTL territory, and the fact that every male character wanted her, this was still an awesome book.
I loved the alien, deeply terrifying society. I loved the fact that there was no grand effort to pull it down. I loved the richness and detail. It kept me reading right the way to the end, and convinced me to buy the prequel.
It's bloody good... buy it.