I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
So, I feel like this is an oversimplification: yes, Aspen was manipulated, and yes, those who manipulated her are responsible. But she also had other people telling her Killian was wrong, and she didn't listen to them. Kyla tried to tell Aspen as much as she could without letting everyone know that Kyla herself was working for Cannon, the true hero. Aspen also ignored her own misgivings, telling her that she thought working for Killian was wrong.
This lets her off the hook far too easily and leaves me feeling weird about this whole conversation. (And this is why Lobdell is a miss for me sometimes: he just doesn't seem to really think through the complicated - and interesting - gray areas with these types of things.)
So, this looks like another Lobdell miss for me. Which is a shame, because I've been liking most of this up until now.