I was surprised by how POLITICAL this was. Alina is caught in games everyone is playing more expertly than she is. She's still busy trying to catch her breath!
This isn't anything like a full review, I'm just interested because I expected ADVENTURES ON THE STEPPES and instead I got The Game Of The Small Science: oh honey you don't even know how many people are using you as a pawn, do you. Some notes: I ship Genya/David and Alina/Happiness. Neither of the ship boys really impressed me. YOU CAN DO BETTER GIRLFRIEND. I was very interested to see the theme of the liability and/or power of Mercy. Oh and yes, I was interested to see how much Alina obviously has to learn. I'm really looking forward to seeing who Alina becomes.