The characters are written very well, each with very unique personalities and agendas that play into the twists and turns of the plot.
While the idea of creating a new subspecies of humans as a means of saving us might seem a stretch, K.C. does a fine job of making it seem like a natural course of action. After a while you almost forget the implausibility of it. But the saphers are great characters, and Ryder Stone’s vibrant energy is a perfect counterpoint to Katie Marsh’s subtler, though no less driven, persona.
Where she excels is in creating a world stricken by an incurable virus, with its nearly empty neighborhoods. And despite it all, the slowly vanishing humans continue with their petty special interests. While a simpler story than A Canticle For Leibowitz, I still couldn’t fail to draw that parallel between K.C.’s humanity and Walter Miller’s; humans will be humans until the end of their days.
The story flows smoothly and makes for quick reading.
I look forward to reading more of K.C. May’s work in the future.