I read anything and everything
I loved this book. Like much great science fiction, it's teachy preachy, but in a good way. There's no "look how great humans are" stuff like in Star Trek or Doctor Who. Different species have different flaws and strengths.
The book is very character driven, with the plot serving as the pretext for development, as far as I could tell. There are humans, genetically altered humans, fundamentalist humans, fundamentalists in other species, inter-species love, inter-species sex, prejudice, the whole shebang.
It's the first in a series, and I can't wait to read more about the characters, and learn how the relationship between Sissix and Rosemary develops.
I found this review after I finished the book. No point re-inventing the wheel.