I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
This was amazing. I absolutely loved this whole trilogy. The character development, the world building - with the exception of the gender issue which I never understood - the politics, everything. It was beautiful, heartbreaking, and redemptive. It was, as Familiar Diversions, points out a comfort read, even if it's only brief, shining moments of such compassion ad understanding that they make all the pain worth those moments.
It's the way people connect, it's everything.
I can't believe I have two short stories, and that's it until the next book. Can I have the next book now?