I understand what Mr Knuth was trying to accomplish with this narrative. While the plot twist was neither original nor unpredictable, it really wasn’t the point of this story. In fact, while reading I was thinking this book would warrant a 1 or 2 star rating. It took a long time to get anywhere and seemed to be too meandering. I figured that’s because it was book one of a series and we weren’t going to get a conclusion. But no, this book stands alone just fine.
In the end, the book earned 3 stars from me because as a book about the emotional growth of the main character it succeeded rather well. The growth seemed well earned and didn’t come out if nowhere. I have no desire to read the next book, but I’m glad I enjoyed this one in the end.