Thrilling, but ...brutal. I do not know. I stopped after 174 pages. I could have read on. But I think the story is too cruel. No, ... I read a lot of stories with cruel characters in it. But ... well until page 170 there was nothing but experiments and pain inside this strange hospital which captures people with psychic abilities, examines their limits with brutal means and slowly bends and breaks their will. Bleak. I suppose the hope and romance part will start right now, but I feel like wasting time. No more M. M. Liu books for me.