If the plot’s complex, the theme resounding through this powerful trilogy couldn’t be clearer: we have the power to choose love over hate and life over death, to forgive ourselves and others; either all life matters or none of it does.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Action and event dominate the story, but Kwaymullina develops the imagery and relationships established in earlier volumes to undergird all with a web of loyalty, compassion, and commitment to “connection” between beings— human, animal, and android. Transparent in ideals and political concepts, the book nevertheless sustains its own vivid world of a sensate forest, animal spirit beings, futuristic technology, and enduring love.
—The Horn Book