I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
And boy, does it! Between figuring out who Aphrodite V is, or trying to, and whose trying to kill off her new friend, things get better. It allows us to explore who Aphrodite V is and to figure out where she fits in this world, especially with the distrust Hui-Men shows for Aphrodite. Is Hui-Men correct? Her boss shows much more trust in Aphrodite, but he could just be putting himself in danger since he has no basic knowledge of who she is. Yes, she saved him once; does that mean she will again later on?
Things start to make sense, the plot starts really moving along, and this just gets better.