So the animal connection isn’t quite as overt as in my other reviews, but I adore this book. It is speculative fiction at its finest, an epic biopunk novel that reflects and warps advances in genetics, pharmacology, mechanics to reveal the violence wrought on nature in the name of progress. It’s got themes of ecological resurrection, questions about what makes us human, and what we can owe each other when we feel we have nothing to give. The writing is so, so good. If you, like me, felt that Poison Ivy was always a much more sympathetic, complex character than DC comics often gave her room to be, then this is a book for you. If you want to read East-Asian-inflected dystopian fiction without the orientalist baggage that usually weighs down the genre, this is also a book for you.