I read this book off the recommendation of a friend at work, I had not heard of it before until she told me she thought I'd like a book she'd just read. To be honest, I really enjoyed this story but it was LONG. When I went to Amazon to grab a link for the book I realized that its sold as a box set of three. Not the 920+ page book my library offered! If I had realized that I could have read one book at a time I definitely would have done that. Lugging around a book that large isn't that easy so it took me longer to finish than I'd expected.
Books set in Asia and any type of Science Fiction story are not usually my thing but this book was very interesting and I enjoyed all the characters. Also, there were quite a few times where I was thinking "oh here we go, I know whats going to happen" and then I was wrong. I liked that! Predictable plots and characters lines definitely take away from my overall impression of the book so I was very pleasantly surprised that I wasn't able to predict what would happen.
Here is a short description from Amazon describing the plot.