I previously read Maru, by the same author, and found it well-written but disturbing, given that the central "romance" consists of the male protagonist stalking, manipulating and putting down the female protagonist. So I expected to really enjoy another book by Head, with a different plot. Unfortunately, while this one isn't disturbing, nor is it engaging. The book tells us a lot about the characters and they tell each other a lot about agriculture, without their ever coming to life in a way that would draw me in. I read 121 out of 188 pages, until I realized there was no reason to continue to drag myself through something that isn't entertaining. Too many other books are waiting!