Beukes...is on authorial fire here, not merely because of the heart-stopping plot ... it’s the plethora of engaging characters that adds real substance and immersive texture to this multilayered thriller ... Into her bigger-picture narrative, Beukes has elegantly woven observations on late-stage capitalism as well as the horrors of systemic poverty, domestic abuse, racism, and war.
Trippy ... There are a few weak points. The book broaches but never satisfyingly explores the ethics of body jumping, and the same could be said of some of the novel’s emotional beats ... But none of that detracts from the pleasure of reading the book. That’s because you can tell Beukes is having an absolute blast putting words on the page.