Couldn't have said it better myself. It was a great story when they forgot to shove cliche'd stereotypes and ABC (simplistic) politics into the mix. And the end? REALLY not a fan. It's still men making the decisions, or women making their choices around men. Bleh. I liked Mr. King's bits quite a lot (pretty easy to pick out)--those are when the engine driving the machine work well. Things slow down when the tired, privileged-liberalism tropes are trotted out. Neither people or situations are as easy as "Woman good. Man bad."No problem! Yeah, I totally agree with you. And something I’m not enjoying is the really predictable, tired gender stereotypes. For a ‘progressive’ novel (see the dedication to Sandra Bland, the Mitch McConnell quote, etc.) exploring humanity and the way the two genders interact, it sure clings pretty hard to gender stereotypes straight out of old TV sitcoms.
I love Steve’s writing. I love Owen’s writing. But this novel is leaving a bad taste in my mouth. These two can spin a yarn—I want to keep reading and see where it goes—but the politics is getting in the way of the story. And that’s coming from someone who, largely, agrees with the Kings politically.