Publication Date: June 8th, 2021
Hardcover. 576 pages.
The two main protagonists we follow are Priya and Malini, two women from two very different backgrounds, but who find certain aspects of commonality in their overall goals and thus brought together in an unexpected way. Priya and Malini's slow build-up of trust with one another was masterfully done and perfectly showcased their tentative relationship and gradual understanding of one another and their individual wants and motivations. I will say, however, that for as much as I heard about the sapphic relationship in this story, I was hoping for just a bit more of it. I don't mean that I needed any explicit content or anything like that, but rather I just felt like the plot danced around a lot of their relationship rather than focusing on it as much as it could have–and I understand that that could be a reflection of the story and setting itself, but as a reader it was slightly underwhelming compared to what had been advertised to me. On the plus side, though, this was very much a slower-burn relationship that I thought was executed really well in that regard. I never felt rushed or uncomfortable with how they interacted with one another, and I think Suri managed to hold true to their individual personalities well as they learned more about one another.
In addition to Priya and Malini's POVs, we also get a glimpse into quite a few other various POVs throughout, some more prominent than others. I will admit that none of the other characters were overly compelling to me, and because of how many perspective switches there were I kept getting disconnected from the story and plot. Priya and Malini were fleshed out and developed with strong, unique personalities, but the rest of the characters felt a bit less developed and so I never really formed much of an interest in their role. The only side character I found myself somewhat interested in was that of XX, and that was largely because I found her role the most mysterious and multi-layered and I was curious to see how she fit into everything.