Again, reading a series of books out of order. In this case, I really should have read the first one first, but oh well.
Even though I had to piece together the background and backstory, it was a pretty good read. I have mixed opinions about the story structure. There are two related stories, told from two POVs (first and third persons). Complicating this is the fact that Squishy's story is told in a non- linear manner. It jumps chronologically. While this makes for an engaging read, it was somewhat difficult to keep tracking. In retrospect, this aspect probably complements the overriding topic of the story: stealth tech and the temporal implications it has (though, not having read the first two books, I am not entirely clear what stealth tech is exactly).
I have the feeling that the storytelling mode is much more complex than it appears at first glance.
If I had to do it all over again, I'd read the series in order. You'd probably get much more out of it. But even though I didn't, I still enjoyed it. Some of the dialogue lacks a bit. I felt like people were talking in circles during their discussions at times. The latter third of the book really ramps ups in excitement, but even this seemed rather abrupt at the end (BTW, I smell a sequel).
Despite these minor complaints, it gets a thumbs up from me.