Unusual, but enjoyable. Lein does a good job handling frankly mind-bending concepts in the story—the cast moves through multiple different dimensions with different, disconnected fundamental rules of reality—without making the mistake of trying to explain the how or why behind them.
This story expands on its predecessor, I, the One, and explains a fair bit more about what’s going on in the world. It’s really a prequel since it is chronologically earlier than the events in I, the One. It stands alone well enough, I think, but for the best experience read the stories in the published order.
This story is nothing like what I normally read, but I enjoyed it, and I hope to see more of this strange universe and its inhabitants revealed in future stories.