I’m not a good enough reviewer to list all the reasons why this is such a terrific book. McDonald has created a fantastically textured, deeply detailed vision of a future India, then populated it with vivid characters. The SF components of the book are very much secondary, and the plotting, dialogue, characterization, and descriptions are so rich that I found the book literally impossible to put down. I read the entire flight between Atlanta and Seattle, drove to my hotel, and read until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Fantastic, and very highly recommended.